FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 23, 2012
Patricia Harris-Morehead, (615) 880-3943
Wendy Smith, (615) 862-6194
MTA, RTA Boards approve new bus services
Routes go into effect as part of biannual system changes
NASHVILLE – Earlier today, the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Board of Directors voted to
approve two new bus routes and a number of other service improvements as part of its upcoming fall
On Sunday, Sept. 30, a new University Connector cross-town route begins, and on Monday, Oct. 1, a new
route in the Hickory Hills area near Whites Creek begins.
“We’ll be right at the starting gate when the new 28th/31st Avenue Bridge opens,” MTA CEO Paul J. Ballard
said. “Riders want more cross-town routes, and the new bridge just begs for this one.”
Route 21 University Connector will provide cross-town service connecting six universities including
Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, Fisk University, Vanderbilt University, Belmont
University and Lipscomb University. Buses will travel via the new 28 th/31st Avenue Bridge every 30 to 60
minutes on weekdays and hourly on weekends. It provides transfer points to 10 MTA bus routes. In
addition, MTA partnered with the Metro Arts Commission, who coordinated six artist-designed transit
shelters that will be placed along the new 28th/31st Avenue Bridge.
Route 43 Hickory Hills offers travel between downtown Nashville and Whites Creek High School and also
serves Maplewood and Hunters Lanes high schools. This route received federal New Freedoms funding to
extend service to the Grace Manor assisted living facility in the northern portion of Davidson County.
“The 43 Hickory Hills puts public transit in an entirely new territory and adds service to Dickerson Road,”
In June, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors voted to approve new expanded
express bus service to Murfreesboro/Smyrna/La Vergne and to Gallatin.
Beginning Oct. 1, three new bus routes – Routes 84X Murfreesboro Express, 86X Smyrna/La Vergne
Express and 87X Gallatin Express – will be available for RTA customers.
New Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding provides resources for a separate express bus
route from Murfreesboro to Nashville. Route 84X Murfreesboro Express will begin service at Middle
Tennessee State University (MTSU), continue to a new Park-n-Ride at the Boulevard Church of Christ on
North Rutherford Boulevard, and then continue on Rutherford and Northfield to Broad to the current Route
In addition to the express buses from Murfreesboro, RTA CMAQ funding also provides for a separate
express bus route from Smyrna and La Vergne. Buses for Route 86X Smyrna/La Vergne Express will
begin service at the Smyrna Kmart Park-n-Ride, continue to La Vergne and to I-24 via Waldron Road.
New Route 87X Gallatin Express will provide additional service to Gallatin, including a portion previously
served by Route 92X. A second Park-n-Ride lot in Gallatin is located at the Gallatin Farmers’ Market.
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