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Another public meeting for AMP project likely to come

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After a week's worth of public meetings, two things seem certain about the AMP, Nashville's proposed rapid bus transit project: it's moving forward, and it has a lot of people fired up.

Organizers estimate more than 1,200 people turned out for the four meetings held this week at sites along the route, which would span from West End Avenue to East Nashville.

The most common concerns are about driveway access and the ability to make U-turns along the route. The loudest opposition concerns West End, where people are concerned about increased traffic problems.

Holly McCall, spokesperson for the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, says engineers are going to integrate the suggestions by March.

"When we come back then, we're gonna come back and show people, 'Hey, this is what we heard in January and here are the accommodations we've made,'" McCall said.

As the year-long community relations and engineering phase continues, funding for the bus line is in question.

AMP backers say the passage of a spending bill in Congress is good news on the federal level.

"What that's going to do is pay for all the projects that are in the small-starts pipeline, so it doesn't mean anything directly for the AMP project, but it does clear out those old projects so there's more money available for new projects like ours," McCall said.

The other piece of the funding puzzle is at the state level. A number of top leaders doubt they'll be able to bump money for the AMP to the top of the list.

There's another meeting along West End for folks who couldn't get into Thursday's gathering.

No date has been set for it, but it will likely happen in the next 2 to 3 weeks.

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