Bill aimed at derailing AMP project moves forward

Bill aimed at derailing AMP project moves forward

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State lawmakers moved forward Tuesday with a plan to derail the AMP rapid bus line proposed to run through the heart of Nashville.

The idea of placing roadblocks on a specific city transportation plan has been seen by some as unfair and a "dangerous precedent," but the legislation is moving ahead.

House Bill 2156 and Senate Bill 2243 would urge the Tennessee Department of Transportation to do a feasibility and cost study for the AMP before it could be built.

And while the legislation is backed by one of the groups that wants the AMP project stopped, supporters of the AMP said they don't see it putting an end to their plans.

In fact, they sounded pleased about the bills' progress.

The proposed rapid bus transit line would run from West End to East Nashville and would cost the city about $51 million.

The cost study bill is backed by the group Stop AMP, yet AMP supporters had nothing bad to say when it passed the House transportation committee Tuesday.

"It defined a process by which the state can consider projects like the AMP. But I think the most important thing it did was it gave local governments a way to act with the state for approval," said Ralph Schulz, president of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

"The 'Yes AMP' side never came to the legislature and asked for legislation, so I don't know what they're happy about because those are our bills moving forward," said Rick Williams Chairman, with the group Stop AMP.

The bill now moves onto the House finance ways and means committee.

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