Megabus announces new service stop near downtown

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 5:06pm
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Megabus plans to begin operating near the intersection of Fourth Avenue South and Elm Street on March 27. (Google Maps)

Megabus has found a stop in downtown Nashville after being asked to move from two prior locations.

The low-fare bus service announced Tuesday that it would begin operating on March 27 at a private lot near the SoBro intersection of Fourth Avenue South and Elm Street. The address of the privately owned lot is 704 Fourth Ave. S.

Previously, Megabus operated on public city streets, to the ire of the Metro Traffic and Parking Commission. The commission ousted Megabus from a Commerce Street stop in downtown Nashville late last year. The company then moved its stop to Nolensville Pike on the city's south side, but that site drew complaints and an official letter from the Metro Department of Law asking Megabus to move.

Megabus officials told The City Paper last week that they were close to finalizing a location. 

17 Comments on this post:

By: courier37027 on 3/19/13 at 3:35

Why is it wrong for Megabus not to have a permanent location, yet taco and sandwich trucks get a pass from same criticism?

By: PKVol on 3/19/13 at 9:24

So, if private transportation business cannot load and offload on public streets, why do Taxi companies get a free pass?

By: longlife on 3/20/13 at 7:36

Have you seen the landfill riders have created at the present location? Not to mention that the bus is parked in the middle of a traffic lane during rush hour. Megabus creates a MegaMess!

By: Kosh III on 3/20/13 at 8:03

"So, if private transportation business cannot load and offload on public streets, why do Taxi companies get a free pass?"

Meagabus doesn't compete against taxis, and taxi drivers don't have as much bribe money to spread around as does Greyhound.

By: budlight on 3/20/13 at 8:39

courier37027 on 3/19/13 at 4:35
Why is it wrong for Megabus not to have a permanent location, yet taco and sandwich trucks get a pass from same criticism?

Have you actually driven by one of the locations they were using just after they loaded the bus up? It is a big pile of trash left behind which Megabus does not use their employees or riders to pick up. They just trash it and ride off in the sunset.

This new location will be trashed also.

Kosh, longlife and I have seen the mess. Who is cleaning it up? They sure are not. If I drive by this new location and it is trashed, I'm going to complain.

By: slim4520 on 3/20/13 at 9:10

I'm glad to see Megabus forced to lease a location other using the side of the road. Like others here, I have seen the trash the passengers leave behind at the Second ave location, and I certainly hope the owner of the newly leased location is aware of the trash they will need to routinely clean up. Also, the cars waiting to drop off and pick up passengers at the current location make it look like the departure level of the airport. Someone was bound to get hurt or lose a door if this kept up.

By: joe41 on 3/20/13 at 9:43

I am ok if they will put their name on it so we can all see that they keep it clean.
Joe

By: Rocket99 on 3/20/13 at 9:45

Comparing MegaBus to taxis, hot dog carts, sandwich trucks, etc. is like comparing apples to oranges.

First off, taxis don't just stop on the side of the road for 10-30 minutes loading/unloading a large number of passengers who's other transportation just seems to stop wherever they want to, middle of the street, half in a lane of traffic.

The hot dog carts and sandwich trucks also don't have hoards of cars and people hovering around them during rush hour, or really any other time, in the lane of traffic of busy streets.

I've always thought MegaBus needed a placwe somewhere off the street for loading/unloading of passengers. They had that to some point when they used the location at the Ramada by LP Field. Not sure why, other than when LP Field is in use, they didn't keep using that location.

If Music City Center had been designed to accomodate things like MegaBus in addition to the regular buses, that would have been a great location. People could just ride MTA to and from MegaBus greatly reducing the need for temporary parking.

By: Left-of-Local on 3/20/13 at 11:51

NEWSFLASH NASHVILLE...

You're DOING IT WRONG when it comes to transit and EVERYONE KNOWS IT... so stop beating up on MegaBus and grow a pair (and a brain).

Taxis and car services have a CHOKE HOLD along with the highway lobby and it is time to stick it to all of those assholes. Consumer choice is key, and no matter what the idiots in Metro Traffic and Metro Law think, we WILL have what we desire, even if you yokels are too backwoods and "traditionalist" (translation: bought out by the same greedy bastards that helped kill off the Uber app) to understand it.

FOOLS.

By: Jughead on 3/20/13 at 12:49

Megabus is a PITA if you get caught in their ghetto-thumpin, baby-mama dropoffpickup traffic jams.

By: courier37027 on 3/20/13 at 6:51

budlight, is Megabus the only entity in Nashville that creates trash/litter? Of course not. if trash is your concern, I contend in one day any McDonald's creates more trash than Megabus. Or you could drive to Brentwood on 65 and look at the ash tray known as Old Hickory Boulevard West exit.

Actually I have seen Megabus load and unload many times at Commerce at Fifth location. I did not notice any more or less trash than any other random Davidson County intersection. I see more trash created by homeless and MTA bus riders. Then again, criticizing public transportation and the lazy is taboo.

By: vithoward on 3/21/13 at 7:51

Don't knock Megabus if you haven't tried it. It's a bargain for a comfortable ride with internet access for less than the cost of a tank of gasoline..

Some enterprising business is missing an opportunity. Those folks need a place to sit while they are waiting for the bus. They also need food and beverage. Need I say more!

By: Oy Vey on 3/21/13 at 9:45

I wonder why the MTA wouldn't let them utilize the unoccupied "Clement Landport"?
Would that not be a perfect use for that sad boondoggle of a project?

By: dmtorres on 3/21/13 at 10:19

I have found Megabus to be quite useful and enjoyable. I've used their service for the past 2 years traveling to and fro from different cities. From my experience, I've never encountered trash at their locations; in fact, they have provided trash cans at the drop-off and pick-up locations I've traveled to. I also have never encountered "baby mama drama" on their buses and can someone please define "ghetto-thumpin" for me?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/21/13 at 1:50

dmtorres, you have to excuse Jughead. He's a regular troll on the board.

By: vithoward on 3/21/13 at 2:29

If some from Nashville MTA is following this, why not work with Megabus to provide service at Music City Central or at least connecting service to/from the center. Would it not be a way to increase local ridership?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/21/13 at 2:38

That sounds like a good idea.