Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is responding to a new poll that favors plans for a rapid bus line through the city.
The poll found that 77% of Nashville voters support the plan.
The bus rapid transit line, known as the AMP, would run 7.1 miles, connecting Five Points in east Nashville to Broadway and West End Avenue and on to the area around St. Thomas Hospital in West Nashville.
Despite some controversy, residents seem to be in favor of the expansion.
Mayor Dean believes the project needs to extend beyond the downtown area, too.
“We're talking about beginning to build a modern system for the entire city. You start on one line, but you build more from there,” he explained. “And we've already talked about doing bus rapid transit on Charlotte in next year's capital budget.”
Dean also said he'd like to see the system on Nolensville Road, too.
The bus line isn't a done deal yet, and a public meeting is being held this Saturday at the Belle Meade Methodist Church on the corner of Davidson and Post roads in west Nashville.
The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.
For more information about the proposed transit plans, visit Nashville MTA – The AMP.
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