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Presentation to the AMP Leadership Team Moving forward. April 17, 2013
Agenda 1.What is the AMP? 2.Why does Nashville need rapid transit? 3.Who will ride this rapid transit? 4.How will the rapid transit work? 5.What will be the impact on our neighborhoods and communities? 6.How will it be funded and what is the timeline?
The AMP is a fast convenient, high-tech form of transportation that will transform the way you travel around Nashville – giving you access to many of Nashville’s most popular places more quickly and more comfortably than ever. Known as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), this smart transit will travel from Five Points in East Nashville to the Saint Thomas Hospital area in West Nashville.
What is the AMP? (cont’d) Not only will the AMP look different, it operates in dedicated lanes, meaning that it will not get stuck in traffic, and will stop at attractive, permanent transit stations. These permanent transit stations will provide real- time arrival information and self-service fare collection kiosks.
Sitting in traffic is bad, but sitting in the double the traffic is worse. By 2035, the Nashville region will add almost one million new residents. And, with the new developments expected in midtown, your commute down this corridor will double. The average Nashville household spends nearly 25% of its income on transportation, loses about 35 hours in traffic, and wastes about 10 gallons of fuel sitting in traffic. We don’t have to continue down this path!
How does the AMP answer this need? The AMP will reduce your travel times by as much as 50%, keeping your commute at 16 minutes
How does the AMP answer this need? The AMP will provide a safe, sustainable transportation choice for people of all ages that will connect people to hospitals, neighbors to work, and Nashvillians to tourist attractions. The AMP will provide game-changing mass transit that keeps Nashville competitive to attract business and tourists. The AMP will provide a reliable frequency of travel schedule. The AMP will provide new connection to Nashville for our growing regional transit network.
The AMP will run down the main street of Nashville, and the principal connector to our universities, hospitals, businesses, tourist attractions, residential areas, and government centers. Ridership forecasts indicate an estimated 1.6 million total trips will occur in the first year of operation, and it is projected to increase 55% in the first five years, with annual ridership totaling almost 2.5 million by 2022.
The AMP runs the 7.1 miles through the heart of Nashville. It begins in East Nashville on 10 th Street next to East Nashville Magnet School and ends near Saint Thomas Hospital. There are 16 permanent stations proposed along the route and four park-and-ride facilities: near East Nashville Magnet School; at LP Field; at Elmington Park; and near Saint Thomas Hospital. The East-West Connector is a 7.1 mile rapid transit project that will travel through the heart of the city and transform public transit by providing a fast, convenient, affordable alternative to traveling by car.
How will the rapid transit work? The AMP will travel in dedicated lanes along 80% of the route. On-street parking will be eliminated. A new system of synchronized traffic signals will be installed to keep traffic flowing with projected U-turns so that neighbors can still turn left. The AMP vehicle accommodates bicycles, is wi-fi accessible and is environmentally friendly. The AMP will have double-wide sliding doors opening onto a level station platform – like a subway on wheels.
What will be the impact on our neighborhoods and communities?
The rapid transit stations zones are designed to create a safe and efficient environment for riders.
What will be the impact on our neighborhoods and communities? Each intersection will provide protected left-turns and U-turn capability. Since capacity on the corridor will not be reduced, the project engineers do not expect significant neighborhood cut-throughs. Also, since these are buses, they will yield to emergency vehicles as-needed.
How will it be funded and what is the timeline?
$75M $35M $5M $59M NEPA / PE phase completed Begin Final Engineering Finalize engineering Bid & construct EWC project Rapid Transit service begins 20132014 2016 2015 Complete FTA funding agreement Based on 30% Engineering, estimated capital cost is $174 Million Potential funding partnerships are emerging Schedule includes continued community engagement and working through the federal funding process