Mass Transit

Since 2005, transit ridership has increased by 40 percent in Middle Tennessee. Even as the ridership has increased on the region'surban transit systems, the options consist mainly of bus systems operated with limited service hours and routes which run in traffic.

Currently, Middle Tennesseans have access to a number of bus routes that primarily operate within Nashville, Murfreesboro, Franklin and Clarksville. These routes are operated by local transit authorities: Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, Murfreesboro Rover, Franklin Transit Authority and Clarksville Transit, respectively. There are also regional bus routes operated by the Middle Tennessee Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) that connect downtown Nashville to cities throughout the region, including Brentwood, Clarksville, Franklin, Gallatin, Hendersonville, LaVergne, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Springfield, Spring Hill and Thompson's Station. In addition to bus routes, the RTA operates the Music City Star regional rail, which connects Davidson and Wilson counties, and provides weekday service to commuters. It is currently the only rail option available for public transit in the region.

Regional Transit Initiatives

Current Transit Planning Efforts

nMotion - MTA Strategic Plan

nMotion 2015 is the MTA/RTA's Strategic Plan, a 20-year comprehensive plan designed to meet the Nashville area's vision for transit. The plan will look at how the transit system works today and identify opportunities to enhance the transit system, improve service, attract and retain new riders and meet the growing needs of the Nashville region. Throughout the project, the public will engage in developing the blueprint of actions to make the best opportunities a reality. Find out how to participate here.



Northwest Corridor Study

The Northwest Corridor Transit Study is a transit based corridor study that will be undertaken in accordance with processes established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). While the FTA no longer requires that applicants complete an Alternatives Analysis (AA) study, following the previously outlined AA process is generally advisable as it will yield products, analysis and information which may be used in further project development. Public input is encouraged during the process.


Middle Tennessee Transit Partners

Metropolitan Transit Authority Franklin Transit Authority RTA RElax & Ride, Music City Star
Rover Clarksville Transit System Mid Cumberland
Clarksville Urbanized Area Tennessee Public Transportation Association
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