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MTA offers multiple routes to Music City July 4th Celebration downtown


NASHVILLE – Don’t worry about traffic or downtown parking this July 4th. The Nashville MTA will operate 20 of its bus routes on the holiday to safely take you to and from the Nashville Let Freedom Sing! Celebration and other destinations.

Many of the routes are on major corridors and will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule with extended service to get customers home after the fireworks. The last buses of the day will depart at 10:45 p.m. from Music City Central, MTA’s transit center located at 400 Charlotte Avenue between 4th and 5th Avenues North. Customer Care staff also will be working from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to assist passengers.

Regular fares will be in effect – $1.70 for adults, $1 for youth age 19 and younger, 85 cents for seniors, and no charge for children age 4 and younger. Exact change is not required; however, any change due will be returned in the form of a change card that is only valid on MTA buses. An individual passenger can pay for his or herself or an entire group.  Passengers may purchase tickets on the bus with cash or at Music City Central or use change cards from an earlier trip in the day.

Buses will travel on regular routes; however, some buses may be on detours due to street closures. Many will operate on extended schedules.  Here is the list:

  • 3 West End/White Bridge
  • 22 Bordeaux
  • 4 Shelby
  • 23 Dickerson Road
  • 5 West End/Bellevue 
  • 26 Gallatin Pike
  • 7 Hillsboro
  • 28 Meridian
  • 10 Charlotte
  • 29 Jefferson
  • 14 Whites Creek
  • 30 McFerrin
  • 15 Murfreesboro Pike
  • 34 Opry Mills
  • 17 12th Avenue South
  • 52 Nolensville Pike BRT lite
  • 18 Airport/Downtown Hotels
  • Music City Green Circuit
  • 19 Herman

Passengers may ride into Downtown on any of the routes listed above and may exit the bus at any MTA bus stop served by the route or at Music City Central. Since some buses will be operating on detours, customers are strongly encouraged to catch their buses at Music City Central when traveling from Downtown.

MTA staff has partnered with the following businesses and Nashville Public Library to offer Free Park & Ride lots at the following locations on bus routes:

  • Bellevue  Library (Route 5);
  • Dollar General at Hickory Plaza (Route 52);
  • East Library (Route 26);
  • Edgehill Library (Route 17);
  • Global Mall at the Crossings (Route 15);
  • Hadley Park Library (Route 29);
  • Hillwood at Nashville West Shopping Center (Route 10);
  • Inglewood Library (Route 26);
  • Kmart on Gallatin Pike (Route 26);
  • Madison Library (Route 26);
  • MTA Bellevue Park & Ride (Route 5);
  • Southeast Library (served by route 15); and

In addition, Vanderbilt University has partnered with the city of Nashville to offer parking for the event and is encouraging everyone to utilize public transportation from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center shuttle lots that are being offered as parking options for those wanting to attend the festivities. These lots are served by routes 3 and 5.

Vanderbilt University Police Department will provide a uniformed security presence for the shuttle lots being used for the event – Lots 73, 74 and 75. Those who park in the Vanderbilt lots can then walk to a designated MTA bus stop to catch one of the city's buses downtown for the celebration.

For detailed bus service information, please consult the Sunday/Holiday information listed in the route schedules, the MTA website or call MTA Customer Care at 615-862-5950.

Music City Star July 4th excursion train SOLD OUT

The Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee’s (RTA) July 4th Music City Star train to the celebration at Nashville’s Riverfront Park is a sellout. All of the 950 available tickets to the general public sold out on June 27.

For more information, please call 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.