Music City Star reduces Donelson Station fares

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 1:51pm
Staff Reports

The cost to ride the Music City Star from Donelson Station to downtown Nashville will be sharply reduced starting on July 1, the Regional Transit Authority announced Wednesday.

Pre-purchased tickets now will cost $1.60 a ride (currently $4); $16 for 10-Ride ticket (currently $36); and $65 for monthly passes (currently $134). Single-Trip tickets purchased at the platform from the vending machines are $2.

For more information, please call the Customer Care at (615) 862-5950 weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or go online to


5 Comments on this post:

By: WickedTribe on 6/24/09 at 6:36

Well too bad I've moved from Donelson. That $65 per month is finally less than it cost me in gas to drive to and from work when I lived there.

By: idgaf on 6/25/09 at 4:32

I doubt if it would increase ridership very much even if it were free. In fact less money might be lost if it were free. (price of tickets, manageing them etc)

By: Dragon on 6/25/09 at 6:44

Wow, the RTA must be making a profit. Great news for the buget.

By: JeffF on 6/25/09 at 8:29

This was done to match the train fare to the fare of the bus serving the same route. That says a lot. After all the money spent on sexy train service, busses still provide the most bang for the buck and route flexibility.

Cities need to be reformed to look at what services work at serving its citizens instead of what looks the coolest at the League of Cities meetings. It is possible to be a good planner and make wise fiscal decisions, just not in a large U.S. city.

Every dime spent on wasteful train service is a dime not being spent on usefule services like buses.

By: townsend on 6/25/09 at 9:39


The Music City Star is a wasteful operation because it's based on heavy-rail systems.

If we'd had the balls to build a light-rail system, with dozens of one-and two-car self-propelled "trains" every day, I can guarantee that ridership would average much more each month. And "special-event" trains would hardly be necessary, since existing service would be more than adequate, with people able to come in and exit from events over a much longer period (incidentally, increasing the amount of time spent downtown, and the dollars left behind).

Instead, we dug up some old rail stock, and borrowed some underused track from CSX. It's like the "test" was set up to fail; I imagine the opponents of passenger rail service are steaming that the Star has lasted this long!