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Nashville New Year's Eve Train - 2016-17

Music City Midnight House Rules

For the fourth straight year, the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) will operate a special Music City Star excursion train to the city's New Year's Eve celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2016.

An allotment of 650 tickets is available to the general public. Round-trip tickets cost $15 plus a $1 processing fee and are available for purchase at www.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 (334 W. Baddour Parkway) at 4 p.m., Martha (65 Martha Circle) at 4:15 p.m., Mt. Juliet (22 E. Division St.) at 4:29 p.m., Hermitage (4121 Andrew Jackson Parkway) at 4:41 p.m., Donelson (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 5th Avenue and Commerce Street (bus will not travel to Riverfront Station after 6:15 p.m.); the Blue Circuit will drop off passengers at the south end of the Bicentennial Mall on James Robertson Parkway between 6th & 7th Avenues;

  • Any MTA bus services on 2nd Avenue (including Routes 15, 52, and 55) will be traveling to Music City Central; passengers may check the bus schedule or use MTA's real-time information to catch the next bus on 2nd Avenue under the pedestrian bridge.

  • Walk; it is approximately 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 6th and 7th 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. This will serve as your train and shuttle bus ticket. You 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. Weekday Music City Star tickets and passes are not accepted on the New Year's Eve train.

Backpacks and folding chairs will be allowed onboard. Any items that will not fit underneath the seat, such as bikes and wagons, are not permitted on the train. Coolers of any size are not permitted on the train. Anyone needing special accommodations to board should call (615) 862-5925 prior to their trip.

All personal items are subject to search. See the house rules for additional information.

For more information, contact Customer Care at (615) 862-5950.


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