Amp Yes! The goal of The Amp is to support a transit strategy for the Nashville region that will prepare us for the growth that Nashville is going to experience. Want to know more? Keep reading for all the details.
The Amp Coalition is a broad-based group of people who share a common passion – the need to create a transit strategy for the Nashville region that will prepare us for the escalating growth in development, population and traffic. The coalition includes many business leaders who believe The Amp is not only good for the city, but it’s also good for the local economy, helping the region remain competitive in creating jobs and attracting talent. It also includes community leaders and engaged citizens who are passionate about expanding mass transit options in the region. As a unified group, we are very involved in the public discussion about the importance of Nashville Amp and the greater need for a rapid transit solution for Nashville.
There is no question that Nashville is a great city today, and we believe it is going to be an even greater city in the future. In order to realize our full potential, however, we must do something now to address traffic congestion and create a regional rapid transit system – and The Amp is the first step in making that happen.
There is no question about Nashville being a city on the rise. By 2035, the Nashville region expects to add nearly 1 million new residents, and the population of Davidson County will increase by 156,000.
As the city’s population continues to grow, traffic congestion will continue to increase. Making our transportation system as efficient as possible for more people will be one of the most important factors in whether Nashville continues to be a great place to live. Last year, Nashvillians took a record 10.5 million trips on mass transit.
The Amp represents Nashville’s opportunity to help ease future gridlock on the Main Street/Broadway/West End corridor and is the first step in creating a regional transit system. The need for a transit solution on the corridor was identified in the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) 2009 Strategic Transit Master Plan. In 2011, MTA initiated an Alternatives Analysis study to review transit options for the Broadway/West End corridor. The report concluded that BRT was the best option for the Main Street/Broadway/West End corridor. In 2012, MTA approved the study recommendation. MTA didn’t approve the most expensive and elaborate option, and MTA didn’t go with the cheapest option. MTA approved the option that made the most sense for Nashville.
Benefits of a BRT system include:
- Increased capacity and speed with dedicated lanes.
- BRT requires comparably low infrastructure investments so it has a relatively faster construction timetable.
- Lower annual operating and maintenance (O&M) cost than other alternatives, including existing bus system.
- BRT is more flexible, and buses can be temporarily rerouted during emergencies.
- BRT has a faster average speed (15-30 mph) than regular bus service (5-15 mph).
- Ridership and economic development estimates along the corridor are similar for BRT andstreetcar.
Today at 12:30 p.m. there will be an Amp Rally at the Capitol. Stop by and show your support!
If you are interested in learning more about Nashville Amp, visit www.ampyes.org.