After no one showed up at a public meeting to discuss the elimination of the Cedar Bluff Express, KAT voted to end the route effective on September 30.
The Knoxville Transportation Authority is asking for public input as they consider eliminating a west Knoxville KAT bus route this fall.
KAT (Knox Area Transit) says Route 101X, known as the Cedar Bluff Express, has suffered from low ridership for the past twenty-four months. In addition, KAT was recently informed they could no longer use the current Park & Ride location on Executive Park Drive, effective September 30.
KTA has scheduled a public hearing on Thursday, July 26, at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building, to hear comments on the proposed elimination of the bus route.
"While we don't want to see any of our services go away, we have to be realistic about the track record of this particular route, as well as the challenges associated with offering park & ride services," says Cindy McGinnis, KAT General Manager. "Finding a park & ride lot is the most challenging part of providing express route services, and while we have worked on identifying a new location, we have not found anything that will work."
KAT does not purchase or lease locations for park & ride facilities due to budget constraints, so park & ride lots must be provided through an agreement with a private property owner, or, in the case of the Farragut Express, by the Town of Farragut.
If approved for elimination, the route will end effective September 30. Current 101X passengers are encouraged to use the 102X - Farragut Express or the Route 11 - Kingston Pike bus.
Comments can be made by attending the meeting, by calling 865-637-3000,or by visiting katbus.com and clicking on the "Contact us" link.