Nashville gets $10M grant for bus improvements

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The head of the Federal Transit Administration was in Nashville on Friday to announce a $10 million grant for a bus rapid transit project. The money will be used to upgrade traffic signals along the busy Murfreesboro Road corridor so that they turn green for buses. Buses also will be equipped with transponders that will allow passengers to check their cell phones to see when the next bus is arriving.

The project is really bus rapid transit light, because it does not involve dedicated bus lanes. Another project in the works that would dedicate lanes to mass transit, called The Amp, is facing well-organized opposition. Several protesters brought “Stop the Amp” signs to the Friday announcement.

Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff said The Amp is under consideration for funding.