Opponents want to put the brakes on proposed rapid bus line - Tucson News Now

Opponents want to put the brakes on proposed rapid bus line

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Opponents of The Amp are firing back against the proposed bus rapid transit system that would connect west Nashville to Five Points by a dedicated center lane along West End Avenue.

The proposal has some high-powered support, but there is also a growing grass-roots movement of people who want to put the brakes on the idea.

"Plain and simple, The Amp is going to remove two lanes on congested West End/Harding," said Bell Lowe Newtown, with StopAmp.org. "When you remove traffic lanes, especially on a street like Harding/West End, the traffic is going to become worse."

Rick Williams says the problem is that while mass transit sounds great on paper, residents may not be so excited when they stop and really look at it.

"Pretty much, if I average telling 10 Nashvillians about it, and what it does, I would say 7 to 8 of them are opposed to the idea," said Williams, with StopAmp.org.

Nevertheless, The Amp has its supporters who continue to push for the new bus route.

"We have to determine a way to move people more efficiently, more effectively along that corridor. We can't build our way out of it. This offers an opportunity to move people more efficiently," said Metro Councilman Peter Westerholm.

The other item of concern for the StopAmp folks is the cost and a concern that taxpayers could end up paying for the system if it's not a huge success.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • KOLD Now FeaturingMore>>

  • Local newsMore>>

  • People and dog attacked by swarm of bees in midtown

    People and dog attacked by swarm of bees in midtown

    Thursday, June 21 2018 1:14 AM EDT2018-06-21 05:14:28 GMT
    (Source: TFD)(Source: TFD)

    Multiple Tucson Fire Department units responded to the area of Oracle and Limberlost after bees stung several people on Wednesday afternoon.

    Multiple Tucson Fire Department units responded to the area of Oracle and Limberlost after bees stung several people on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Pima County homeless population at lowest level in six years, count says

    Pima County homeless population at lowest level in six years, count says

    Thursday, June 21 2018 12:28 AM EDT2018-06-21 04:28:17 GMT

    The total number of homeless people in Pima County is going down, according to the new data from the group of volunteers that counts them. The data collected by the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness (TPCH)  shows that the total number of "persons experiencing homelessness" in Pima County is 1,380. The numbers were gathered on the night of January 23, 2018, by 244 volunteers on the 2018 Street Count. 

    The total number of homeless people in Pima County is going down, according to the new data from the group of volunteers that counts them. The data collected by the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness (TPCH) shows that the total number of "persons experiencing homelessness" in Pima County is 1,380. 

  • PACC offering free microchips through July 3

    PACC offering free microchips through July 3

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:50 PM EDT2018-06-21 03:50:50 GMT
    Pima Animal Care Center is offering free microchips for pets through Tuesday, July 3. (Source: PACC)Pima Animal Care Center is offering free microchips for pets through Tuesday, July 3. (Source: PACC)

    Pima Animal Care Center is offering free microchips for pets through Tuesday, July 3.

    Pima Animal Care Center is offering free microchips for pets through Tuesday, July 3.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Mississippi State fan trolls wife in local TV news interview

    Mississippi State fan trolls wife in local tv news interview

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:08 PM EDT2018-06-21 02:08:19 GMT
    One Mississippi State baseball fan didn't let a rain delay drown his sense of humor and he took an opportunity to troll his wife in the process. Source: KMTV FacebookOne Mississippi State baseball fan didn't let a rain delay drown his sense of humor and he took an opportunity to troll his wife in the process. Source: KMTV Facebook
    One Mississippi State baseball fan didn't let a rain delay drown his sense of humor and he took an opportunity to troll his wife in the process. Source: KMTV FacebookOne Mississippi State baseball fan didn't let a rain delay drown his sense of humor and he took an opportunity to troll his wife in the process. Source: KMTV Facebook

    One Mississippi State baseball fan didn't let a rain delay drown his sense of humor and he took an opportunity to troll his wife in the process. 

    One Mississippi State baseball fan didn't let a rain delay drown his sense of humor and he took an opportunity to troll his wife in the process. 

  • CA deputy frees bear from car, quickly runs away

    CA deputy frees bear from car, quickly runs away

    Thursday, June 21 2018 1:37 AM EDT2018-06-21 05:37:20 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 1:49 AM EDT2018-06-21 05:49:50 GMT

    Video shows a deputy running for safety after freeing a bear that was trapped in a car.

    Video shows a deputy running for safety after freeing a bear that was trapped in a car.

Powered by Frankly