There are a lot of other alternatives and all of them less expensive than the $3.00 per passenger per trip cost (based on AMP projections with a 5% annual increase in ridership over 20 years).
First, let's move the parked cars out of the far right lanes, particularly in front of Vanderbilt. I drive down West End every morning and the same cars are parked there illegally every day. Not only are they not towed regularly, they aren't even ticketed. Those lanes on both sides of the street should be dedicated bus lanes during rush hour and the buses should have the same ability to change traffic signals that the AMP buses would.
Second, let's utilize traffic cops at key intersections during rush hour. This seems like an old-fashioned solution but it is one that is used effectively in many cities, particularly ones like Boston and New York with ancient thoroughfares where mass transit is impossible. A traffic cop at Harding Road/Woodmont/White Bridge and one or two at 31st and I-440 on West End would work wonders for the two intersections that are the biggest bottlenecks on that route. (And, yes, we would have to train metro police to direct traffic as they have no clue how to do it now.) No one has been able to explain to me how AMP will alleviate traffic at Harding/White Bridge intersection which is where it starts on the West Side. If they build the rumored parking garage for AMP riders next to St. Thomas, it will only make matters worse.
Finally, if the AMP folks had any sense, they would alter the route to make the starting point I-440 on the West Side. Much, if not most, of the opposition is coming from folks who live west of I-440 and this is the part of the route that will be least utilized. Not only is the density that exists east of 440 insufficient but there are few, if any, sidewalks south of West End in the Woodmont/Woodlawn neighborhoods to allow people to walk to the stations. And the only parking they have planned is 115 spaces at Elmington Park, which means Elmington Park users will have no place to park and, assuming AMP is utilized like they anticipate, commuters will take over the on-street parking in Richland/West End and Whitland neighborhoods.
But the biggest problem with AMP is it attempts to solve only one small piece of a huge problem. As long as there is no comprehensive regional mass transit plan that has buy-in from people who can make it happen and as long as TDOT continues to build ring roads and widen the interstates, which only creates more sprawl, AMP will not solve the problem.
it's fairly obvious that most of the people commenting here didn't even bother to read Ms. Grigson's blog. In fact, I don't think Betsy even read it that closely. First, it was obviously written with tongue-in-cheek. Second, if you examine the criteria used, it's fairly obvious why Atlanta is number one and Nashville is number four on this list. I'm fairly certain that most of the stats are not for "cities" but rather for metro areas, since that is the standard geographic area that the government uses for this type of data. If you go outside the confines of the Nashville metro area's core county (Davidson) and one or two contiguous (Williamson, possibly Rutherford) counties to the other 8 or so counties encompassing our metropolitan statistical area, I think you'll find an overabundance of just the kind of folks that those of us who live in the city of Nashville think we're not. And Atlanta's metro area is something like 15-20 counties, so their presence on this list is even more obvious. I think everyone, especially Ms. Phillips, is overreacting here and should lighten up.
Perry, THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE FAILED IN THEIR MISSION TO MAKE ALL SCHOOLS EXCELLENT..and right now, despite desegregation and the dubious means used to achieve it, we already have A DUAL SYSTEM UNDER WHICH CERTAIN CHILDREN GET QUALITY EDUCATION WHILE OTHERS DO NOT. Hence the need for charter schools, which have a much better record at achieving excellence than our miserable public school system.
And the plutocrats have a pretty damn good track record of establishing charters for minorities and the disadvantaged so the argument that they're doing this at the expense of same is ridiculously lame.
the really sad thing about all this is how much we're talking about it. if I see one more FB post re: this article, i just might puke. so what! big deal! the times covered Nashville...they do that all the time. they have somewhat of an obsession about us, and that's all the more reason to take this in stride, quit all the cooing about it and be secure in who and what we are. enough already.
mr. pink, you've got your argument. you're the editor. now change the policy or at the very least make the editorial decision to remove all these posts and prohibit comments on this story going forward.
whoa, JB. you're bitter, bitter, bitter. However, I do agree with the first part of the post. Who is Michael? Where's he from? How did he and Miranda meet? These are all questions that could have been answered without disrespect to his memory or the way he died. If you're going to do a public piece on such a private, tragic occurrence, tell us something about the person that gives a reason do to the piece in the first place, other than he was the owner of a popular restaurant.
correction to prior post: Mr. Meador, not Mr. Sexton.
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