Gov. Bill Haslam doesn’t like the current legislative push to halt Nashville’s proposed dedicated bus lane through downtown. Two committees of lawmakers are set to discuss a bill Wednesday that would stop the project, known as the Amp.
Haslam cautioned he doesn’t know enough to say whether the Amp specifically is a worthwhile project, but he thinks Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is correct to prioritize transit. Haslam questions whether it’s appropriate for state lawmakers to wade into such plans:
“My concern is always going to be, do we want to do transportation project by legislative committee? I don’t think that’s the right approach, so 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.”
Meanwhile, Mayor Dean’s office has issued a strongly worded message saying the bill to stop the Amp is an “attempt to usurp” a local process. It steers people to a website urging them to write state officials.