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Old 04-09-2011, 08:35 PM
 
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Hi

Im going to be moving to the nashville area within the next year. I am looking at surrounding towns also. But i dont drive and I was wondering about the public transportation. Hendersonville to nashville? franklin to nashville?

Is it possible/convenient? or would i be better off just looking in town
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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If you're going to be working in Nashville but not driving, I would definitely look in town. And even then it's going to be quite difficult in many areas.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:51 PM
 
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is the public transportation not that good?
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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No, it is virtually nonexistent compared to what comparable cities have. There is no public transportation from Franklin to Nashvile. The entire region is very car-centered.
There is a park-and-ride commuter bus from Brentwood to Nashville, bus routes in Nashville and a commuter train from Lebanon to downtown Nashville, but that's it.
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Music City, USA
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is the public transportation not that good?
In town it is OK. The main problem I see is that there aren't really any cross town routes. All the routes are funneled through the central station. Since Nashville is more spread out and has a lower average density than most cities its size, it is much harder for public transportation to be effective. As of now, the system is limited to 43 routes, plus 3 connector routes downtown (which are free to ride). There is a lone heavy rail line that runs to Donelson, Hermitage, Mount Juliet, and Lebanon...there are plans to expand, but definitely nothing on the immediate horizon. A subway system would be impossible due to how spread out the city and suburbs are, and because the ground underneath the city is solid limestone (you can see this in portions where roads have cut through the land, exposing the rock).

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No, it is virtually nonexistent compared to what comparable cities have. There is no public transportation from Franklin to Nashvile. The entire region is very car-centered.
There is a park-and-ride commuter bus from Brentwood to Nashville, bus routes in Nashville and a commuter train from Lebanon to downtown Nashville, but that's it.
I agree that it is virtually non-existent in the suburbs...outside of a few commuter routes that run maybe twice a day either direction.

There is actually a Franklin commuter bus, but it only runs twice per morning and twice per evening...and it takes twice as long (at least) as the average commute would. I wouldn't suggest it as a viable option for commuting, though, because if for some reason you miss it, you're pretty screwed.

There is even a once per morning/evening bus to Spring Hill.





Here are the different suburban park & ride routes and estimated times to Music City Central downtown:

89X Springfield/Joelton
Downtown Springfield > Downtown 53 minutes
Springfield Walmart - 42 minutes
Joelton - 22 minutes

91X Franklin/Brentwood
Williamson Square Kroger > Downtown 50 minutes
Lowe's Cool Springs - 40 minutes
Brentwood Civitan Ballfields - 28 minutes

92X Gallatin/Hendersonville
Gallatin Walmart > Downtown 47 minutes
Hendersonville Kohl's - 27 minutes

95X Spring Hill
Thompson's Station Baptist Church > Downtown 62 minutes
Spring Hill Kroger @ Port Royal - 48 minutes

96X Murfreesboro Relax & Ride
Times and locations vary...figure 1-1.5 hours from Murfreesboro, 45 minutes-1hr from Smyrna

All the times listed are estimates by the MTA, and I would say they are pretty generous...

All info about bus routes can be found on the MTA website.





To the OP: I agree with the others that the suburbs are not a good place to look if you don't have a car. Even living in the city will be very difficult without a car...especially because even some of the neighborhoods that are "walkable" and those with a decent bus line would still not make it very easy to do grocery shopping or any other activities. Nashville is indeed a very car oriented city...and if you are looking for a city where you will definitely not need a car, sadly I must say this will probably not be a good fit for you.

However, it is possible to adapt if you do desire to live here. I would ask what type of housing/apartment budget you are looking at. There are a number of neighborhoods in the city that have pretty decent bus coverage. The southwest side of town (within 4-5 miles of downtown) actually has pretty good bus coverage (2 Belmont, 3 West End, 7 Hillsboro, 8 8th Ave So, 17 12th Ave So)...most of those routes run pretty often, some even into nighttime. Most of the area is pretty safe, and I have personally ridden on all of those routes, so I can tell you from experience that the buses are pretty safe as well. The only issue is that side of town tends to be more pricey compared to the rest of the "close to town" areas.

My suggestion would be that if you do choose to live here, buy a cheap car...just one that will get you from point A to B, and use it when the bus isn't convenient (shopping, driving to the suburbs, etc) and primarily use the bus for your commute. You might also be able to bike (if you are in to that) to places that are close to where you live. I will warn you that Nashville isn't overly bike friendly as well...and even though there are some roads with bike lanes, most don't have them, and you could have trouble on busier roads or intersections.

However, if your job happens to be in the suburbs, you are pretty much forced to have a car.
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:55 AM
 
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This would be another example of the low tax - less services vs. other cities with higher tax burdens more government options.
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Old 04-10-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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I live 2 1/2 miles from downtown Nashville and would find it very hard to survive here without a car. Unless you're a hermit, living in Franklin or Hendersonville without one would be miserable.

I'm saying this as someone who deeply hates driving and will be hightailing it out of here for a more walkable city as soon as I can.
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