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Another public meeting set for AMP rapid bus transit project

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Information has been flowing from people on both sides of the debate about a proposed rapid bus transit project in Nashville called AMP.

Last week, the Metro Transit Authority wrapped up a series of public meetings, seeking input on the AMP, but opponents say they got few answers.

Now, those opposed to the project are sending direct mail to thousands of Nashvillians, but you may want to check the facts.

"They really have tried to stifle any public questions out loud. They only wanted you to ask critical questions one-on-one with their staff members," said Lee Beaman, with the group "Stop AMP."

That's why Stop AMP began mailing out its own information on Friday, giving specific reasons for why its members believe a mass transit bus line on West End Avenue is a bad idea.

"$175 million to get a few hundred more people a day to ride the AMP doesn't make sense," Beaman said.

But MTA officials say not everything on the mailer is completely accurate. For example, emergency vehicles won't be prohibited from using the dedicated bus lanes, and some of the others parts are vague.

"Saying it's going to pose a threat of injury to bus riders, pedestrians and bike riders, I don't know what that is based on. That is also factually inaccurate," said MTA spokeswoman Holly McCall.

Both sides will have time to hash things out. Due to the volume of people who attended last week's meetings, another public meeting is in the works.

"None of us working on this project thinks it is a panacea for all problems. It is a start," McCall said.

Anyone with questions about the project can attend the upcoming meeting, which is set for Monday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at Cohn Adult Learning Center, 4805 Park Ave. in west Nashville.

ProjectManager Mark Sturtevant said the meeting will specifically address designissues and concerns on the route between I-440 and the terminus at St. ThomasWest, but maps of all portions will be available.

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