Officials with the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce, event host and sponsor, said it’s excited to bring the festival to Wilson County after it was formerly held in Nashville. There was not a local Wilson County venue large enough to accommodate this type of event, according to chamber staff.
To ensure Middle Tennesseans experience the event in style, Wilson County, Regional Transit Authority and the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce have come together to offer a train ride to the event on the Music City Star. The train will depart from Nashville at noon and return to Music City after leaving the Expo Center at 5:15 p.m., offering riders plenty of time to enjoy the festivities while enjoying a safe ride home. The proceeds from the train ride will also directly support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“In Wilson County, we are always looking for ways to utilize the train to make everyone’s commute a little easier. With the popularity of the Toast to Tennessee event, we knew we had to offer this service,” said Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. “It’s a win-win for everyone. There is so much going on in Middle Tennessee, especially Wilson County. Residents shouldn’t have to worry with the hassle of a commute to experience all that we have to offer. It’s also rewarding to see community leaders such as the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce step up and sponsor the event so that the proceeds can go to organizations such as St. Jude.”
Hutto believes offering the train ride to the festival will encourage more citizens to take advantage of the Music City Star.
“I always have something in mind for the Music City Star, because it’s unique to our county and would help alleviate some of that traffic that we fight going in early in the morning,” he said.
“There’s also an opportunity to understand that you can have the luxury of the train every day at work if you wanted to. It’s an easy ride in and an easy ride home. You don’t have to fight traffic, waste gas or worry about parking. It’s a good ride,” Hutto said.
The Music City Star Train will depart Riverfront Station at noon, arrive at the Donelson station at 12:11 p.m., Hermitage station at 12:24 p.m., the Mt. Juliet station at 12:33 p.m., the Martha station at 12:43 p.m. and arrive at Lebanon Station at 1 p.m.
The return train will leave Lebanon at 5:15 p.m. and stop at all those stations on the way back to Riverfront. The train is scheduled to arrive back at Riverfront at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased online through the RTA website, or at ticketsnashville.com and will be on sale until 24 hours prior to the morning’s departure or until tickets are sold out, whichever comes first. Children 4 and younger will not need a ticket to board, however, they are required to sit in a parent or guardian's lap. Anyone who needs special accommodations to board should call 615-862-5925 prior to their trip.
For more information, contact customer care at 615-862-5950 weekdays from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., or visit musiccitystar.org.