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$27M for AMP in Obama's Proposed Budget

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Nashville, Tenn -- Angie Ferderico spends a lot of time at the bus stop.

"I use it for doctors appointments, going to the Walmart, grocery store," said Ferderico.

"Sometimes I"m on the bus two hours just to one place and two hours back from a place."

 It's why she's a big supporter of the $175 million dollar bus project known as the Amp.

 It would take riders from East Nashville to White Bridge Road with dedicated bus lanes.

Now it looks like a key player is on board to help pay for it.

Mayor Karl Dean says the Amp has beaten out projects in other cities for an initial $27 million federal grant.

"I am thrilled instead of having our money here go to Austin, Charlotte or Grand Rapids.  It's coming to Nashville Tennessee," said Dean.

Dean says the project is on track for a total of $75 million federal dollars in the coming years.

Opponents like auto dealership owner Lee Beaman say the news changes nothing.

Dean is among those who believe the project is a bad deal no matter who's paying for it because it's going to take away traffic lanes.

"Even if a philanthropist gave all the money it's still a prject that does not achieve what it needs to do," said Beaman.

The rest of the Amp's funding would come from state and local funds.

Mayor Dean says he won't ask for state funds this year.

Dean says it's too early to say how he'll propose raising the local money.

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