Megabus to use temporary fairgrounds stop

Service looks to Bicentennial Mall for permanent pick-up, drop-off site

Officials with megabus.com and the Metro Transit Authority have reached an agreement to have an MTA stop near the Tennessee State Fairgrounds serve as the discount bus service’s main pick-up and drop-off site in Nashville.

The stop is located at the Nolensville Road and Wedgewood Avenue T-intersection.

The move to the fairgrounds follows a mid-November vote of the Metro Traffic and Parking Commission that required megabus.com to cease using by Jan. 1 a space, marked by “bus parking only” signs, at the northeast corner of the Commerce Street and Fifth Avenue intersection in the central business district.

“We have agreed with MTA that we will negotiate the funding of a bus stop shelter [at the fairgrounds stop] as well,” said Bryony Chamberlain, megabus.com director of operations. “This should be finalized any day, at which point we can update our website and contact all pre-booked customers to inform them of the stop move in time to meet the Jan. 1 date which we have committed too.

“We hope that this will be suitable to all the local residents and our customers and will enable us to continue to develop our services to and from Nashville,” Chamberlain added.

Chamberlain said megabus.com, which is run by New Jersey-based Coach USA, is hoping to have a permanent drop-off and pick-up site on James Robertson Parkway on the southern fringe of the Bicentennial Mall.

“It would appear ideal for our customers’ needs and our safe operation, as well as away from any people who will object to our presence,” Chamberlain said.

Megabus.com services about 15,000 monthly passengers who travel to and from Nashville. (Read more here.)