Most everybody who will be attending MJHS’s 2019 Prom in Music City this year has been toiling over one issue: the hassle of transportation.
Concerns for the safety and efficiency of transportation into Nashville on Saturday, April 27 are valid for many reasons, the main one being that for the first time in history, the National Football League (NFL) Draft is scheduled on the same night in Nashville. Unfortunately, the expected 300,000 people attending the event will be crammed into Music City Center, which is the exact same building that MJHS’s prom is held.
Not only will this event cause loads of problems like traffic jams and lack of available parking, but, typical for the gigantic tourist attraction that is Nashville, Tenn., there are an abundance of other activities to watch out for on that Saturday night.
Bridgestone Arena will house between 10 and 20 thousand Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band fans for a show beginning at 8 p.m., Martina McBride & Matt Stell will host a performance at the Grand Ole Opry and Chris Thile fans will fill the seats at the Ryman Auditorium.
Additionally, some Nashvillians and other visitors may stick around after the annual St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon and the Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Auburn Tigers baseball game earlier in the day.
To combat this issue, Principal Rainey sent out an email to students asking them to answer a survey. The responses to the survey, which listed three forms of transportation provided by the school to choose from, would be used to determine the most desirable option for shuttling students to Nashville on April 27.
In the email, the options were listed as follows:
1.“Allowing the Nashville Star Transit train to run from MJ to Riverfront park and to return after the close of prom.”
2.“Providing charter buses for an additional fee to leave from MJ parking lot and drop off at Music City Center, then return later that evening (one leave time only).”
3.“Providing a "trolley" to run from MJ to the Music City Center and back for an additional fee on a rotating time schedule. This would allow for multiple times for leaving prom, and multiple times for arrival.”
After voting closed, option three was decided upon as the school’s provided method of transport. For 16 dollars per ticket, a trolley will take students from the highschool at 6 p.m. to Music City Center, and it will return at both 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. to take them back.
According to a Facebook post by MJHS PTSO, the trolleys will be operated by Old Town Trolley Tours of Nashville. To purchase a ticket, pull up the MJHS website, go to online school payments and find the Mount Juliet High School PTSO tab. There, you can select your preferred ticket option. You will also need your student ID.
Upon receiving the paper ticket, it will need to be presented as you board the bus, both before and after prom.
The trolley cannot haul everyone, however, because only 106 tickets are available (53 per bus). As a result, some have looked into other means of transportation, such as booking a limo service for the evening, but even those businesses are reluctant to be driving into Nashville that night.
Guidance Secretary Missy Pyle suggested that, “If you have a chance to take your car down and park, and then either Uber down or have your parents take you down, that’s an excellent idea.”
Unfortunately, the parking garage next to the Music City Center is a public parking garage not owned by the convention center; therefore, the availability of parking spots is set on a first come, first serve basis. Furthermore, MJHS is unable to rent parking spaces prior to the students arriving because of this rule.
However you decide to transit, keep in mind that staying safe as you navigate through the traffic is far more important than making it to prom on time, so above all else, be cautious and considerate of others.