Updated: April 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Commuters who live in Dickson will have a chance for free bus rides to and from Nashville for two weeks beginning on April 28.
The free rides are part of a pilot program to gauge how much interest there would be for a permanent bus route back and forth from Dickson to downtown Nashville.
The Regional Transpiration Authority has contracted with Gray Line of Tennessee to provide the buses for the free weekday routes through May 9. Each bus contains televisions, Wi-Fi and restrooms and can hold up to 56 passengers.
"Accessible public transportation is important to our community," Dickson County Mayor Bob Rial said in a news release on the pilot program. "This initiative will demonstrate not only that there is a great need for transit in our area, but it will show our residents how easy and beneficial it is to use public transportation."
RTA currently funds bus routes in Cheatham, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson counties. If the pilot program is successful, there will be permanent bus routes for commuters in Dickson and the bus service will run at times that will accommodate the work schedules of the majority of customers, RTA officials said in the news release.
The free bus rides are scheduled to depart from the Dickson Wal-Mart at 6:40 a.m. and arrive at 7:40 a.m. at the Music City Central transit center in downtown Nashville. The afternoon bus ride home will leave downtown Nashville from Music City Central at 4:38 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive at the Park & Ride at the Dickson Wal-Mart at 5:40 p.m.
For more information on the program, go to http://rtarelaxandride.com or call (615) 862-5950.