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Haslam Concerned Over Bill Aimed At Nashville Amp

Haslam Concerned Over Bill Aimed At Nashville Amp

CREATED Mar 11, 2014 - UPDATED: Mar 11, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Governor Bill Haslam is raising concerns about efforts by fellow Republicans in the Legislature to block a dedicated bus lane project through Nashville.

The governor told reporters after a speech to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that he has not formed an opinion about whether the project called the Amp is a good idea.

But Haslam said he's worried about the possible precedent of having legislative committees decide over individual transportation projects in the state.

The legislative maneuver to block the Amp arose last week after President Barack Obama's administration recommended Nashville receive $27 million to help fund the Amp. The project's overall cost is projected at $174 million.

The proposed 7.1-mile route bus route would stretch from Five Points in East Nashville to St. Thomas West Hospital.

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