The state's Department of Transportation is supportive of bus rapid transit, but isn't all the way there yet on The Amp.
From WPLN's Blake Farmer:
TDOT Commissioner John Schroer points out that the route technically runs on state highways and would reduce the number of lanes for cars as well as restrict some left turns.
“We’ve got to make sure everything keeps the flow of traffic moving. Because even though they do have a bus going there, we also have a lot of cars — not only going up and down West End, but crossing West End.”
Metro's plans for funding the $175 million BRT project along the West End corridor include seeking 20 percent of the funds form the state.
Check out the audio of the interview here, featuring some artful rhetorical dancing from Schroer.