Press Release from Regional Transportation Authority; Jan. 6, 2011:
NASHVILLE – Ridership on the Regional Transportation Authority’s (RTA) Music City Star hit a record 1,060 commuter passenger trips on Tuesday.
During the month of November, daily ridership on the train increased nearly 14 percent from 718 trips per day in 2009 to 816 passenger trips per day in 2010.
“With gas prices on the rise, more people are seeking other alternatives to driving their personal vehicles,” RTA Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Ballard said. “They are quickly realizing the many benefits that transit offers to them and the environment. We hope this ridership trend will continue for us in 2011.”
Over the last year, ridership on the regional train has steadily grown. During a six-month period from June through November 2010, ridership increased 8 percent over the same period a year ago.