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Design of proposed bus rapid transit system up for examination

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The design of the bus rapid transit project proposed for Nashville by Mayor Karl Dean could be changing.

The $174 million project, called Amp, calls for a 7.1-mile bus route with dedicated lanes connecting Five Points in east Nashville to the Saint Thomas area in west Nashville with stops along Broadway and West End Avenue.

Dean said Tuesday morning he has directed the Amp project team to examine redesigning the system without the use of dedicated lanes from Interstate 440 to White Bridge Road and from the Interstate 40 overpass downtown to the West End Avenue/Broadway split.

The mayor is also creating a group of citizens to share information about the project and solicit feedback between the designers and area residents.

Mayor Dean said his announcement Tuesday is in response to community concerns.

"Based on the project team's advice and my own desire to create an environment of compromise and collaboration, I am directing the Amp project team to consider these design changes, most significantly for the western-most portion to operate similarly to the ‘BRT lite' system operating on Gallatin and Murfreesboro roads," he said. "I also will be convening a Citizens Advisory Committee to help facilitate a two-way conversation with the project team and the neighborhoods most greatly impacted by this project.  I expect this group, which will inevitably include both supporters of the project and dissenting voices, to work together to make the Amp the best possible transit solution for Nashville."

In March, the FTA and U.S. Department of Transportation announced the Amp had been selected for $27 million in funding in President Obama's proposed FY 2015 budget, the first installment of $75 million in federal funds for the project.

Last year, the Metro Council voted overwhelmingly to support a capital spending plan to provide $7.5 million to begin final engineering and design of the Amp.

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