The Nashville Metro Transit Authority’s Board of Directors has approved a new Bus Rapid Transit lite route along Murfreesboro Pike, the agency announced Thursday.
The service, similar to one already in place on Gallatin Pike in East Nashville, is set to begin on Monday, April 1. It will provide “more frequent and expanded services between the Nashville airport and downtown hotels, according to an MTA release.
The agency also announced routing changes to serve the new Music City Center set to open in May.
“The expanded airport service and other improvements are positive steps forward in the evolution of public transit in this city and the region,” MTA Board chair Thomas F. “Freddie” O’Connell said. “After a successful pilot of a lightweight Bus Rapid Transit service on Gallatin Pike, we have been able to add a similar service along the busy Murfreesboro Pike corridor. And with the improved airport service, visitors will not only have easier access to downtown, people who work downtown and our growing number of downtown residents will now have easier access to the airport.”
Expanded airport service will include early morning and evening trips on Route 18, the agency said.
The new BRT lite service on Murfreesboro Pike will offer more frequent service and fewer stops, with buses running every 15 minutes until 6:15 p.m. on weekdays, and every 30 minutes after 6:15 p.m. On Saturdays, buses will run every 30 minutes.