When I lived in Boston, I took the T to work every day. Since then, I've missed the ability to read, reflect or simply relax between work and home. My morning commute currently involves the rage-inducing delight of downtown interstate traffic now that the Scene
's office has moved to the Gulch. But not today because I took my first trip on the Music City Star
I bought my ticket from the on-site kiosk at the Hermitage station, and easily boarded the coach. Because it was my first trip, I spent most of the time checking out the scenery: the car, the passengers and the route. A leisurely 20-minute ride later I was downtown and starting on a pleasant 15-minute walk to the office.
But as the picture indicates, I didn't exactly have to fight the crowds to get on the train. The cost is actually comparable to what I pay for gas, but the limited schedule means I won't be able to use it every day. I plan on riding it as often as possible, though. It beats the hell out of merging.