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Nashville Introduces Third BRT Service

The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) introduced service March 30 on its third "BRT Lite" corridor, Charlotte Pike, which joins two existing BRT lite routes and operates with 60-foot articulated hybrid buses from North American Bus Industries.

MTA Chief Executive Officer Stephen Bland said, "On our existing BRT Lite corridors, we've seen ridership increases of over 25 percent in the past three years. Given the already dynamic growth in the Charlotte Avenue corridor, we expect no less success with this new service."

The agency reports that the Charlotte Pike route is among the most popular in the Nashville area, as indicated by ridership on previous standard fixed route service. BRT Lite service already operates on Gallatin Pike and Murfreesboro Pike.

BRT Lite operates faster than standard fixed route service between the Music City Central public transit hub in downtown and major retailers, a distance of more than 8 miles. The buses stop at 15 designated stations spaced at a distance of three-quarters of a mile and arrive every 15 minutes on weekdays. Traffic light extenders allow lights to stay green longer as the buses approach, allowing faster service with fewer stops for red lights.

MTA uses the term "BRT Lite" because these routes operate in traffic rather than in dedicated lanes typically used by BRT vehicles. The stations, unique for the Nashville area, feature kiosks with route maps and covered shelters, among other amenities.
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