Tennessee offers to bail out Music City Star

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The state of Tennessee has offered Nashville's commuter train service $1 million to save it from its current financial crisis, but there are strings attached, the Tennessean newspaper has reported. The Star currently faces a $1.7 million shortfall.

Under the plan, governments in Wilson County would have to begin contributing more toward the service. Also, Nashville's Regional Transit Authority, which operates the train, would have to contract with the operator of Nashville's bus system to take over administrative operations.

The Star has fallen far short of its expected ridership in the two years it's been operating, while at the same time, rising fuel prices have driven costs up.

The biggest obstacle to the plan is getting the towns of Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, Tenn., plus Wilson County, to put up $100,000 each toward the deficit.
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