There have been many questions about the new Amp service that is proposed and how it will affect Wilson County.
I am a very pleased to see this new service being provided along with the Music City Star rail system. It will be a great asset for local residents to use when traveling downtown.
The Amp is a proposed full-service 7.1-mile bus rapid transit system that is being planned for one of Nashville’s major corridors, Broadway/West End. It will begin at Five Points in East Nashville to the St. Thomas hospital area in west Nashville. It will allow residents and visitors to move along the corridor faster than they can in a car. The rapid stations will have real-time arrival information and self-service fare collection kiosks.
This is great news for people who use the rail weekly for work or those who use it often for a night out. The commuter rail is up 5.5 percent from last year and is projected to grow with the Amp being put in place.
With both Nashville and surrounding areas growing rapidly, the Amp will cut down on the projected double growth of Nashville’s transportation.
It will also give people the opportunity to travel from Nashville to Mt. Juliet, Lebanon and Watertown. With this available it will put more pressure on RTA to add more trips per day.
They have also added a new Free Friday event, a New Year’s Eve Train, Fourth of July Train, Wilson County Fair and Game Day rides.
With the rail and Amp system in place we will explore new ways to move Wilson County residents around the county to the stations without using their own cars. This will in turn, minimize traffic, lower air pollution and cut down on wear and tear on our roads.
The Amp is designed to improve quality of life for everyone in the city and the outskirts with predictable, reliable and convenient mass transit. It’s also a quick and safe alternative to commuting.
Amp vehicles will arrive at stops every 10 minutes during peak periods and every 15 minutes during regular periods.
The fare cost has not yet been determined, but will probably be the same as it is for the bus which is $1.70.
As Nashville continues to grow, so do we. Hamilton Springs is getting closer to opening their station to connect with the train and will be the first transit community in Tennessee.
With the start of the new regional transportation operation, Wilson County is fortunate to be a branch in their new system.
Randall Hutto is mayor of Wilson County.