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Opponents want to put the brakes on proposed rapid bus line

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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.

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