January 27, 2011

Bus Service from Springfield, Joelton Available

Beginning Jan. 31 through Feb. 11, employees who live in the Springfield and Joelton areas can ride to and from Vanderbilt for free on a Gray Line coach provided by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).

If enough riders use the service (and final funding is approved), the schedule will be expanded to two buses each way and will offer more choices of departure and arrival times.

NOTE: During the trial period, only one bus will run, causing the schedule to be compressed as follows: Mornings - depart Springfield at 6:30 a.m., arrive at Vanderbilt 7:37 a.m. Afternoons - depart Vanderbilt at 3:48 p.m., arrive Springfield 5:12 p.m.

Please see the RTA news release (below) for more detailed information. If after the trial period the service becomes permanent, Vanderbilt University employees, medical students and volunteers will be able to purchase 20 ride passes for the discounted price of $37 (regularly $60).

If you are unable to ride during the free trial period, but you would like to be notified when permanent schedules are established, please contact Jack Jakobik, Medical Center Parking & Transportation Services, at jack.jakobik@vanderbilt.edu or 936-5871.

RTA to operate two-week regional bus service from Robertson County
Free pilot project begins Jan. 31

Beginning Monday, Jan. 31 and continuing through Friday, Feb. 11, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will operate temporary weekday bus service from Robertson County to downtown Nashville.

This free bus service is operated by Gray Line of Tennessee and is designed to gauge the interest of commuters in Springfield and Joelton.

“Accessible public transportation is important to many of the citizens in Robertson County,” Robertson County Mayor Howard Bradley said. “This pilot project will show not only that there is a great need for transit in our county but also will show our residents how easy and beneficial it is to use public transportation.”

Buses for this route will make a morning trip to Nashville and an afternoon trip to Springfield. The buses for the route are equipped with restrooms and televisions and can accommodate up to 56 passengers. Cost to ride is free; however, it is on a first-come, first-served basis up to the 56-person capacity.

“Gray Line is pleased to continue to support the efforts of Robertson County’s leaders to provide resident’s increased ease and cost savings in their commute to and from Nashville and Davidson County, “Gray Line of Tennessee Vice President Mark Arnold said.

Buses depart from the downtown Springfield Park-n-Ride at 6:30 a.m., stop at the Springfield Walmart at 6:41 a.m., Joelton Park & Ride Lot (near Joelton Family Dollar) at 6:58 a.m. and arrive at Music City Central in downtown Nashville at 7:18 a.m. The buses will then continue toward the Vanderbilt University campus, with stops at 10th Avenue and Broadway at 7:25 a.m., 21st Avenue and West End at 7:30 a.m., 21st Avenue and Edgehill at 7:33 a.m. and arrive at 21st Avenue and Children’s Way at 7:37 a.m.

The afternoon bus will depart 21st Avenue and West End at 3:48 p.m., stop at 21st Avenue and Edgehill at 3:51 p.m., 21st Avenue and Children’s Way at 3:58 p.m., 10th Avenue and Broadway at 4:08 p.m. and Bay 7 at Music City Central at 4:15 p.m. From downtown, it will continue toward Joelton, stop at the Joelton Park & Ride Lot at 4:40 p.m., Springfield Walmart at 4:56 p.m. and arrive at the downtown Springfield Park-n-Ride at 5:12 p.m.

RTA currently funds four regional bus routes which operate in the Middle Tennessee counties of Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson.

“We are constantly looking for ways to expand public transportation in the region, and this new pilot project will raise awareness and be of great benefit to Robertson County residents,” RTA CEO Paul J. Ballard said. “If the pilot project is successful, and we think it will be, we will plan to offer more permanent transit services.”

For more information, see the attached map and schedule or go online to rtarelaxandride.com or call Customer Care at 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.