Hundreds pack public meeting to discuss AMP Project - WKRN News 2

Hundreds pack public meeting to discuss AMP Project

Posted: Updated: Jan 16, 2014 08:34 PM

Several hundred people attended the final public meeting scheduled for January to discuss the proposed bus rapid transit, AMP.  

The meeting was held in the library of West End Middle School.

It is part of a series of meetings held by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to gain public input and answer questions residents may have.

Supporters were on hand passing out "AMP Yes" stickers and shirts.

Opponents were also in attendance pointing out their concerns and wearing "No AMP" stickers and apparel.

"I think that increasing public transit in Nashville is a critical thing," said Rick Bolsom, who owns a business along West End. "But digging up West End Avenue to put in dedicated lanes and running a bus up and down is going to impede traffic, impede safety vehicles, and prevent motorists from getting up and down. It's the absolute wrong way to approach it."

"It might annoy me to be stuck behind a bus," Nashville resident Jason Horowitz said. "But I could be on that bus. So this is a way to give back I think."

So many people showed up for Thursday's AMP meeting that MTA officials will likely plan another meeting to be held in coming weeks.

Some residents walked in just to turn around and leave because of the huge crowds and limited space. At certain points, people couldn't get in the door.

MTA officials say more than 400 people attended the meeting.

More public meetings are scheduled for March.

The AMP would be a full-service 7.1 mile bus rapid transit system that would take riders each way from the Saint Thomas hospital area in west Nashville to Five Points in east Nashville.

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