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Music City Central Facts


Music City Central (MCC) is the Nashville Metro Transit Authority (MTA) downtown transit station located at 400 Charlotte Ave. next to Municipal Auditorium. After several years of careful planning, design and construction, the facility celebrated its grand opening on October 24, 2008. Bus service to and from MCC began on October 26, 2008. Up to 20,000 people travel through MCC each weekday.


Music City Central Amenities

  • MCC has adequate space for all MTA buses and customers.
  • MCC has climate-controlled indoor waiting rooms for customers.
  • MCC includes a staffed information and ticket sales area; multiple ticket vending machines; public restrooms; a Dunkin' Donuts; Music City Market; and a community meeting room.
  • A portion of MCC is open-air. Buses enter and exit on both 4th and 5th Avenues. There are 24 bus bays, and all routes have been assigned a bus bay. All bus bay numbers are printed on the route schedules as well as on signage throughout MCC.
  • There are two entrances to MCC. The Upper Grand Entry is at the corner of 5th and Charlotte Avenues. The Lower Grand Entry is at the corner of 4th and Charlotte Avenues.


Customer Waiting Rooms

  • The customer waiting room on the Upper Level is named the Carlton H. Petway, Sr. Waiting Room in honor of the late Carlton H. Petway, Sr., who was a prominent Nashville attorney, Metro Coucilman (Aug. 1970-Sept. 1975), and MTA Board Secretary (Dec. 1987-Sept. 1991). After his untimely death on Sept. 26, 1991, the former transit mall on Deaderick Street was named after him.
  • There is also a customer waiting room on the Lower Level of MCC that is climate-controlled.


Musical History

  • The site where MCC was being built is near what was once home to world-class music and entertainment. Next door to what is now MCC sat the Adelphi Theatre, which, when it opened in 1850, was the nation's second-largest theatre with 2,500 seats.
  • In the 1870s, ownership changed, and the Adelphi became the Grand Opera House until the structure was gutted by fire in 1902. In 1904, the facility was rebuilt and reopened as the Bijou. It closed in 1913, but re-opened three years later as the Bijou Theatre, a venue for movies, vaudeville shows, concerts and boxing matches.
  • In the winter of 1957-58, the Bijou Theatre was demolished to make way for Municipal Auditorium.


Current Operation

  • MTA has 40 bus routes which serve MTA's downtown transit station, Music City Central.
  • 160 MTA buses and AccessRide vans are on area roads during morning and afternoon rush hours.
  • The MTA bus system is a "pulse" system; currently, nearly all MTA buses meet downtown and approximately 60 percent of riders transfer to connecting buses at Music City Central. These are customers whose final destination is downtown or who board another bus to continue their travel.
  • Last fiscal year, nearly 8 million passenger trips were recorded by the MTA.


Design and Construction

  • Project team members included:
    • Everton Oglesby Architects;
    • Balfour Beatty Construction; and
    • TranSystems transportation consulting firm.
  • Work began on the new station in 2004; construction began in May 2007 and was completed in October 2008.
  • An advanced ventilation system installed by Balfour Beatty Construction has the capacity to move 140,000 cubic feet of air per minute. In addition, the system is outfitted with a monitoring system that detects fumes in the air and adjusts the speed of the fans as needed, thus limiting energy consumption.
  • This new MTA facility cost $53.6 million. Eighty percent of the funding came from federal dollars and the other 20 percent from state and local funds.




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