The Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee on Wednesday voted unanimously in favor of adding more trips to the 94X express bus service that runs between Nashville and Clarksville.
The RTA also recommended relocating the current Park and Ride facility from Exit 8 to Exit 11.
The changes will be effective on Oct. 3, according to the RTA board decision on Wednesday. The decision was made the same day the RTA approved the broad regional nMotion transit plan, but the 94X agenda item was separate.
There will be four buses in the morning that will leave from the new facility on Exit 11 to Music City Central Bay 20. The first bus will leave at 5:48 a.m., followed by 5:56 a.m., 6:20 a.m. and 6:50 a.m. In addition, there will be an evening bus which will leave Exit 11 Park and Ride at 5:20 p.m.
Two morning buses will make a stop at the Pleasant View Park and Ride facility.
There will be only one morning bus from Nashville to Clarksville, whereas four in the evening. Buses from Nashville will depart from Music City Central Bay 13.
The RTA board, chaired by Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, examined the proposal and recommended adding additional morning and afternoon trips to the existing schedule.
The current 94X Park and Ride lot is located on Exit 8 and has seen over-utilization and capacity issues, according to the RTA proposal.
The parking capacity currently holds around 125 cars, though observations have shown that more than 140 cars have been parked by using undesignated paved and unpaved areas on the property, the proposal says.
McMillan said this is important not only because Clarksville is getting a new park and ride facility, but it will handle the needs of more residents.
“We will be getting four additional buses,” McMillan said, “It is going to be great.”
The new Park and Ride location was fixed after a coordinated effort by Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), the city of Clarksville and the Clarksville Transit System. The selection process involved a site location study, stakeholder meetings and site visits to look at potential locations.
The undeveloped lot for the new facility was purchased by TDOT. Construction of the new facility will be completed next month.
The new location will have 200 parking spots, covered shelters for waiting and a dedicated area for buses to turn around.