Nashville MTA FAQs
How do I find schedule information?You can access schedule information in the following ways:
- If you know the route you need to use, click Bus Schedules, then select a schedule from the route list.
- If you don't know your route number, click Bus Schedules, then click on the route name of the area in which you want to travel. You can view the map and decide if that route is right for you.
- You can use the Search facility to the left by entering a keyword (such as Dickerson) and clicking Go to see a list of routes containing that keyword.
What types of routes are available?
- Regular Routes — Most routes travel into and out of Music City Central in the downtown business district, making it easy to get from one place to another with a single transfer.
- Snow Route Detours — These are modifications of the regular routes when road conditions are bad due to winter weather. A notice with a link to specific route information will be placed at the top of the homepage of this website when buses are running on snow routes.
- Youth Services Routes — We provide special school runs to transport students. These trips are available to the general public as well.
How do I know which route to take?Once you master the simple art of reading bus schedules, you'll be ready to ride. So let's take each part separately.
The Route Map
Start by looking at the route map. Most routes travel into and out of downtown through Music City Central. Here are some things to understand about the map you're looking at:
- Points of special interest are shown on the map. Look for the descriptions inside boxes on the map. Buses stop at these points.
- Time points are designated with numbers inside circles. These are significant designated stops along the route that we provide times for.
A bus schedule newbie may believe that the time points and places of special interest are the only places
that the bus stops. To the contrary, there are so many places we stop, making it easy to use the system, that there's no way
we could show them all. Pick up the bus at any location marked with a blue-and-white MTA bus stop sign. Benches and shelters
are provided at many of these stops.
The schedule specifies the times that buses pass through each time point shown on the route map. Each line of times in a schedule represents a single bus. The times show when the bus will be traveling arriving at that location.
If you happen to be catching the bus at one of these locations, you know just when you need to be there. If your stop is in between two locations, the times still help you estimate departures and arrivals.
All schedules show times for weekday service. Most routes also operate on Saturday and Sunday. There are separate schedules for weekdays, Saturdays/MLK Jr. Holiday and Sundays/Holidays.
For additional information, contact us at (615) 862-5950.
How do I pay?You can pay your fare in cash when you board the bus. The fare box accepts $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills as well as U.S. coins, including the $1 coin. Drivers do not give change. Change cards will be issued at the fare box for money paid over the fare amount.
All fare media also are available for purchase at the Ticketing and Information window at Music City Central. Cash, money orders and credit cards are accepted. A picture ID may be required for credit card purchases. In addition, tickets are available online at nashvillemta.org. A shipping fee of $3.50 ($12 certified mail) is applied to all online, mail and phone orders.