Nashville’s move towards more effective public transit is in the near future. Formerly called the East-West Connector, the Nashville AMP is a proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that will connect the east and west sides of Nashville, all the way from St. Thomas Hospital to Five Points in East Nashville.
The AMP will run along the heart of Nashville — West End / Broadway — making it ideal for downtown residents, employees, tourists, and the thousands of convention center visitors each year. If all three phases of the project go as planned, the AMP will open for business in 2016 and provide service to over 1.6 million riders in the first year. Within five years, ridership is expected to increase by 55 percent (close to 2.5 million riders every year). Estimated cost for the project is $174 million.
The Nashville AMP BRT isn’t your typical bus; it’s a more modern approach to bus transit. It will travel in a dedicated lane, making times faster and more reliable. The AMP will have free wi-fi, wide aisles, and bike racks on the inside of the bus. Stations are approximately every half mile and will have self-serve kiosks, real-time arrival/departure times, maps, weather-protection, bike racks, and good lighting. A trip on the AMP will only take 17 minutes to get from St. Thomas Hospital to Bridgestone Arena, which normally takes about 32 minutes in a car.
Enjoy a day at Centennial Park, drop by Pub5′s happy hour, head to the Titans game, and grab some late night grub at Five Points Pizza — all without parking or driving. Texting while riding is also permitted.