Lawmakers to discuss bills that could stop Amp project - WSMV Channel 4

Lawmakers to discuss bills that could stop Amp project

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A rally will be underway at the State Capitol Wednesday afternoon as lawmakers consider a plan that would stop Nashville's controversial Amp project.

Lawmakers will be discussing House Bill 2156 and Senate Bill 2243. Both are designed to require TDOT to study several ways to help the visually impaired use public transportation like buses or trolleys.

Last week, House members tacked on an amendment that would require Metro governments to get lawmakers' approval before using a designated lane for bus rapid transit projects.

Nashville's project would designate a lane - and in some places, two lanes - for a bus system on more than seven miles through the heart of the city.

Gov. Bill Haslam weighed in on the controversy during a media availability on Tuesday.

"My concern is always going to be, do we want to do transportation projects by legislative committee? I don't think that's the right approach. My concern is not so much the Amp as an issue, but are we doing the right thing long term, in terms of how we do government?" Haslam said.

Those supporting the Amp plan to rally at 12:30 p.m.

The House and Senate versions of the bill come up for discussion in committee meetings later in the afternoon.

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