High Turnout Prompts More AMP Meetings
by Todd Walker
NASHVILLE, Tenn – The overwhelming amount of concern over the proposed new transit system, known as AMP, has prompted project leaders to hold more public meetings.
Thursday night's AMP meeting at West End Middle School should have been the last for the public to ask questions of project leaders, but more are being scheduled because so many people who have such strong opinions about the project.
At least three hundred people were expected to show up.
The meetings were supposed to give people more information about the project but it turned into an airing of grievances about AMP.
"This is the most absolute boondoggle since the Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska," one man said after taking the on-stage microphone.
Supporters said the dedicated bus lanes down the middle of West End Avenue could help relieve what is expected to be a worsening traffic situation in the coming years.
Opponents worry no one will ride the AMP buses and the city will have to take private property away to expand the line.
AMP officials expect to announce more meeting dates in the next few days.