The Regional Transporation Authority has asked Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Wilson County to increase funding to $50,000 each, but so far, only Lebanon is on track to pay that amount. Metro Nashville contributes $1.5 million, and Mt. Juliet and Wilson County contribute $30,000 and $10,000, respectively.
The increases might not sound like much compared with the Music City Star’s $4.57 million annual operating budget. The federal government funds the train at 80 percent, with 20 percent matching funds from state and local governments.
Single-trip fares for the Music City Star, which range from $2 to $5 at the platform, cover about $700,000 of the train’s annual operating cost. Federal money covers $1.5 million, and the state contributes $600,000.