Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) officials and Wilson County leaders broke ground on a new Music City Star train station in Hamilton Springs, Tenn. The station is a transit component in the state’s first transit-oriented development (TOD).
Attending the ceremony were RTA CEO Steve Bland, Wilson County Mayor and RTA Vice Chair Randall Hutto, and Lebanon Ward 6 City Councilor Rick Bell.
“It is indeed an exciting day for RTA and Wilson County as we embark on the construction of another Music City Star station in the county and the seventh station along the East corridor line,” said Mayor Hutto. “The addition of the Hamilton Springs Station is a great opportunity to capture new riders and provide them with another viable option for traveling to downtown Nashville. We have some great partners who are continuing to work with us on providing transit solutions for Middle Tennessee. We look forward to returning next year to officially open the station.”
"This could not have happened without the support of local, state and federal officials who understand that the success of public transportation is vital for our future,” remarked Rick Bell, co-developer of the project and city councilor. “I am thankful that the Music City Star runs to Lebanon and that RTA is building this station in Ward 6, the fastest growing part of our city.”
The Hamilton Springs Station, located on 3.2 acres, is a central part of the TOD, which emphasizes the use of public transportation modes. Additional TOD’s are being considered at other stops along the Music City Star route in Donelson and Mt. Juliet.
“We’re delighted to see the Music City Star be the focus of this new and ambitious mixed-use development site in Wilson County,” RTA CEO Steve Bland stated. “As Middle Tennessee continues to experience unprecedented growth, transit-oriented development projects like Hamilton Springs are essential to provide increased mobility options through the creation of livable, walkable communities that encourage riding the train and other multi-modal transportation options.”
The station, with a total investment of $4.1 million, was a partnership of several agencies and organizations, including the RTA; the Federal Transit Administration; the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization; the City of Lebanon; TDOT’s Long- Range Planning Division; and Horn Springs Development, Inc. Construction of the train station is expected to be completed in early 2018.