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Music City Star Service Changes

Due to changes in operating requirements at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) will no longer be able to operate the Music City Star Friday evening train beginning in 2019. This change in operations offers a chance to look at adjusting the Star’s current schedule.

Friday Night Train Elimination
The RTA has elected to remove the Friday evening train to and from Nashville rather than eliminate trains during the day to meet new operating requirements without implementing technology called Positive Train Control (PTC).

The PTC requirement comes from FRA regulations as mandated by the United States Congress no later than December 31, 2018. In order to continue to operate the Friday night train, the RTA would have to spend $20 million to install PTC technology.

Instead, RTA will invest in the repair and replacement of the locomotives and rail cars and improve tracks.

Schedule Adjustments
The proposed improvements to weekday commuter service came from customer feedback and Star service survey results, which polled current passengers on what improvements they would like to see in the Star’s service. RTA looked at a broad range of alternatives but had to narrow the extent of schedule changes to ensure bus connections could still be met at Riverfront Station.

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