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AMP could face problem with state funding

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

It already faces opposition in Nashville, and now the proposed rapid bus transit system might face a problem with funding.

State Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, said he does not support giving state money to foot part of the AMP's projected $175 million price tag.

The AMP would connect St. Thomas Hospital in west Nashville to Five Points on the city's east side.

The original plan called for the state to chip in $35 million, but Tracy's push to curb state funding requires lawmaker approval.

"We need all our funds going for transportation uses only, like for roads and bridges. That brings in economic development to help bring jobs to the area. That's what it's all about to me," Tracy said.

In a statement, a representative for Nashville Mayor Karl Dean wrote the move sends a "terrible message about the state's traffic issues."

She went on to say solving the problem will require cooperation from all sides.

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