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RTA Bus Fares and Policies   (effective September 29, 2019)


  • 1-Ride Express Bus - $4.25
  • 1-Ride Express Bus (Reduced Fare) - $2.00
    (Youth age 19 and younger, active & retired military, seniors age 65 and older, people with disabilities, and Medicare cardholders. Valid I.D. required. Only available at Music City Central, Riverfront Station and Mt. Juliet City Hall.)
  • Children age 4 and younger - No Charge
  • 20-Ride R&R Express Bus - $73.50

Please note: MTA passes are not valid on these routes.

Purchasing Tickets & Passes
Regular fare tickets can be purchased on all buses using cash (exact change required). You can purchase 20-Ride Express Bus passes at Music City Central (400 Charlotte Ave.) from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, using exact cash, check, mobility check or money order. You also can purchase 20-Ride Express Bus passes online at the Nashville MTA website. If you have questions, or do not receive your items within five days, please contact Customer Care at: (615) 862-5950, or email rta@nashville.gov.

Operating Schedule
Regional bus service operates weekdays only. RTA buses do not operate on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Weather Policy
Regional bus routes will not change due to weather. However, bad weather may delay or cancel service. For additional information, call RTA at (615) 862-8833.

Lost Items?
Contact Lost and Found at (615) 862-8833.

Pets Policy
Only service animals are permitted onboard.

Passengers with Disabilities
If the regional bus routes do not meet your needs, there may be other options. Call the RIDE program at (615) 862-8833 to find out if there is a potential carpool or vanpool for your trip.

Emergency Ride Home
Are you a regular regional bus rider? Join the Emergency Ride Home program. You'll get a free ride home in case of an emergency, illness, or unexpected overtime (maximum six trips per year).

Connecting to MTA Buses – Proximity Card
If you ride any of our RTA services to downtown Nashville and find that you need to transfer to a Nashville MTA bus in order to complete your commute to work or school, you will need a proximity card. This card will allow you to finalize your commute by utilizing Nashville MTA buses at no charge. A card is not needed if you are transferring to the Route 93 Music City Star West End Shuttle or any of the Music City Circuit buses. The proximity card should only be used for your morning and afternoon commutes. If the card is misused for any reason, it can be revoked.

To request a proximity card, please call our Customer Care department at (615) 862-5950. You will need to provide your name and address, as well as your employer's or school's name and address.

Customer Care
For more information, please call Customer Care at (615) 862-5950 or email us at rta@nashville.gov.

Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee
430 Myatt Drive ~ Nashville, TN 37115     phone: (615) 862-8833     fax: (615) 862-6208     email: rta@nashville.gov
In association with TDOT (Tennessee Department of Transportation), FTA (Federal Transit Administration), and MPO (Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization)
RTA is a Clean Air Partner of Middle Tennessee and a Clean Air Partner of Williamson County
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