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Amp Meeting Targets Downtown Section of Route -- Sky Arnold


As a musician, Kevin Wood says it's helpful to park as close to the Honky Tonks as possible.

 "I mean we need to get our gear in and out," said Wood.

At one point there was a chance the musician loading zones artists like Wood use would disappear to make room for the dedicated bus lanes of the Amp.

The rapid bus system would run from East Nashville to White Bridge Road.

Designers decided to re-route the line to avoid lower Broadway and instead go down 5th Avenue, right through the arts district.

Tennessee Art League owner John Cranshaw says he's not sure if that will help business or hurt it.

Cranshaw is hopeful the Amp would help customers get to the Arts district  but he worries the busses could create issues for pedestrians.

"It's supposed to be a pedestrian friendly area where you can shop for art," said Cranshaw.  "We just worry how that's gonna effect traffic flow in this area as pedestrians."

Project managers are spending this week listening to concerns about the $175 million project.

Tuesday night's session focussed on how the Amp would impact downtown.

Meetings Wednesday night and Thursday will focus on how the line impacts businesses down West End.