Senator Works to Block Amp Funding

Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, head of the Senate Transportation Committee, moved yesterday to block state funding for the Amp, Nashville’s proposed bus rapid-transit system. The Nashville Business Journal reports that Tracy's plan would add language to an appropriations bill for the Tennessee Department of Transportation preventing any spending on a bus rapid transit service that uses a portion of a state highway. Officials have said they could still fund the $174 million Amp without help from the state, however, they have not detailed how.