Why the AMP was bad for our neighborhhods and why we must focus on regional solutions to traffic issues

I have lived on Nashville's West side for over 25 years.  At least five days a week, either to attend Vanderbilt Law School or drive to work, I traveled downtown.  The AMP proposed to "increase" traffic flow by closing two of the four traffic lanes and removing the center turning lane. Despite a 40% reduction in traffic lanes, AMP supporters expected us to believe this would make traffic better. AMP promoters claimed there would be at least 4,000 - 5,000 riders per day.  If a person rode both ways, AMP supporters planned to spend $175,000,000.00 of your tax dollars, or an astonishing $70,000.00 per rider, to build 7 miles of dedicated bus lanes.