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New Year’s Eve excursion train runs to Nashville event

Staff Reports • Updated Dec 14, 2016 at 2:45 PM

NASHVILLE – For the fourth straight year, the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee will operate a special Music City Star excursion train to the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration Dec. 31. 

 An allotment of 650 tickets will be available to the general public. Round-trip tickets cost $15 plus a $1 processing fee and are available to buy at ticketsnashville.com with a credit card. Tickets will be on sale until 24 hours prior to departure or until they are sold out, whichever comes first. Children age 4 and younger will not need a ticket to board, however, they will be required to sit in a parent’s lap. Children age 5 and older will need a ticket.

The New Year’s Eve excursion train is scheduled to depart Lebanon Station at 334 W. Baddour Pkwy. at 4 p.m.; Martha at 65 Martha Circle at 4:15 p.m.; Mt. Juliet at 22 E. Division St. at 4:29 p.m.; Hermitage at 4121 Andrew Jackson Pkwy. at 4:41 p.m.; Donelson at 2705 Lebanon Pike at 4:54 p.m. and arrive at Riverfront Station at 5:09 p.m. 

Upon arrival at Riverfront Station, customers have several options for getting to Bicentennial Mall.

• Catch a Music City Blue Circuit bus at Riverfront Station (regular route until 6:15 p.m.) or after 6:15 p.m., catch a Blue Circuit bus at Fifth Avenue and Commerce Street (bus will not travel to Riverfront Station after 6:15 p.m.).

• Any MTA bus services on Second Avenue (including Routes 15, 52, and 55) will be traveling to Music City Central; passengers may check the bus schedules online at nashvillemta.org or use MTA’s real-time information to catch the next bus on 2nd Avenue under the pedestrian bridge; MCC is about a two-block walk to the Bicentennial Mall;

• Walk; it is about a 25-minute walk from Riverfront Station to the Bicentennial Mall. 

From downtown, shuttles will run from the Bicentennial Mall back to Riverfront Station between midnight and 1 a.m.  These buses will load at the state map area on James Robertson between Sixth and Seventh avenues and will proceed directly to the Riverfront Station. MTA staff will be on hand to assist and direct passengers.  The Music City Star will depart at 1:30 a.m. 

Customers will receive only one round-trip ticket for the New Year’s Eve train and must show the ticket to train personnel for boarding. Upon boarding, customers will receive a wristband in place of the ticket. It will serve as the train and shuttle bus ticket. Customers must show the wristband to the shuttle bus operator and the conductor for the return trip. Customers also must present their wristband to security personnel to enter the checkpoint area at Riverfront Station. 

For more information, contact customer care at 615-862-5950 or visit musiccitystar.org.

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