By Betsy Thorpe
Nashville’s new downtown metro transit station, Music City Central opened on October 24, 2008, replacing the open air transit mall on Deaderick Street. The new transit station is adjacent to 4th and 5th Avenues North and Charlotte Avenue near the Tennessee State Capitol Buildings and Nashville’s business district.
Metro Transit Authority serves up to 20,000 passengers each weekday and hopes those numbers will increase in the new year as the public becomes aware of the comfort and security offered by MTA at the new terminal. The facility contains four climate controlled waiting rooms and public restrooms. More than twenty security cameras are installed throughout the terminal and are monitored on site by off duty Metro police officers and MTA security personnel. Metro Transit Authority, Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Ballard said, “We are extremely pleased that MTA customers now have a state-of-the-art climate-controlled transit station to purchase tickets, pick up schedules and wait comfortably for connecting buses.”
Music City Central Waiting Room
Shoney’s server Tracy Demoss, a long time bus rider said “ It was kind of confusing at first but now it is good, especially since it got really cold, it is nice to have a warm safe place to wait for my bus.” She also said “it is dark when I arrive downtown after work and I feel much safer now that I can wait inside, because security is everywhere”.
According to Ballard, MTA is “becoming one of the solutions to the area’s traffic congestion problem”. Attracting new bus riders is a priority for the transit authority in the new year, and the amenities afforded at Nashville’s new transportation terminal, Music City Central will hopefully encourage commuters to try out public transportation .
For more information on bus routes and schedules and fares call 615 862-5950