TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Mar 12, 2014

The “Big Four” mayors of Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville signed a joint letter expressing their “united opposition” to a bill that would block Nashville from proceeding with its plans for a bus rapid transit line known as "the Amp," without approval from the state legislature, the Commercial Appeal reports. The letter — signed by Mayors Andy Berke of Chattanooga, Madeline Rogero of Knoxville, A C Wharton of Memphis and Karl Dean of Nashville — notes that while the current bill is limited to a bus system in Nashville, “it sets a dangerous precedent for future intervention by the General Assembly in the selection of regional transportation projects across the state.” The Senate Transportation Committee later dropped language from the bill that would have required the General Assembly to sign off on the Amp, the Tennessean reports.