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KAT to improve bus transportation

4:41 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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Knoxville Area Transit said it plans to use federal funding to improve services around the city, and it has asked for the public's impute.

KAT said it wants to improve routes in South Knoxville and have more frequent bus services during its peak hours.

KAT officials want tips on how they can best improve the system.

KAT is hosting several open houses at the Knoxville Station Transit Center in downtown Knoxville. Open houses are scheduled for the following days and times:

Thursday, Feb. 7: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Detailed information is available on KAT's website. People can also call 865-637-3000 to make comments. People can stopped by the front desk of the Knoxville Station to provide tips on how the system could run better.

The proposed bus route changes are below:

Route 11 - Kingston Pike

  • Weekdays: 15-minute service morning (6:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.) and afternoon (4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.) peak hours; currently 30-minute service
  • Weekdays: 30-minute evening service (6:00 p.m.-10:15 p.m.); currently 60-minutes
  • Saturdays: 30-minute service until 10:15 p.m.; currently 60-minute service all day
Route 16 - Cedar Bluff Connector
  • Weekdays and Saturdays: Service area expansion to reach Social Security, Marketplace Kroger and other areas currently served by Route 18
Route 17 - Sutherland
  • Weekdays: 30-minute service until 6:00 p.m.; currently 60 minute service
  • Departs Knoxville Station at top and bottom of the hour; currently 15 after
  • Better transfers at Mohican to Kingston Pike busRoute 18 - West Shopping Connector
  • Eliminate and partially replace with areas added to # 16 - Cedar Bluff Connector
Route 20 - Central/Clinton Highway
  • Weekdays: Service every 30 minutes until 6:00 p.m.; currently every 60 minutes
  • Departs Knoxville Station at :15 and :45 after the hour; currently top of the hour
  • Saturdays: Departs Knoxville Station at :15 after the hour
  • Route 21 - Lincoln Park
  • Weekdays: 6:15 p.m. last trip; currently 5:15 p.m. last trip from Knoxville Station
Route 22 - Broadway
  • Weekdays: 15-minute service morning (6:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.) and afternoon (4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.) peak hours; currently 30-minute service.
  • Weekdays: 30-minute evening service (6:00 p.m. until 10:15 p.m.); currently 60-minutes
  • Weekdays: 7:00 p.m. bus departs at 7:15 p.m. to allow for transfers
  • Saturdays: 6:00 p.m. bus departs at 6:15 p.m. to allow for transfers
31 - Magnolia Avenue
  • Weekdays: 15-minute service morning (6:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.) and afternoon (4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.) peak hours; currently 30-minute service
  • Weekdays: 30-minute evening service (6:00 p.m.-10:15 p.m.); currently 60-minutes
  • Saturdays: 30-minute service until 10:15 p.m.; currently 60-minute service all day
32 - Dandridge Avenue
  • Weekdays: 30-minute service until 6:00 p.m.; currently 60 minute service
  • Weekdays: Depart Knoxville Station at top and bottom of the hour (:00 and :30); currently :15 after the hour
  • Saturdays: Depart Knoxville Station at the bottom of the hour; currently :15 after the hour
40 - South Knoxville
  • Redesign the route to connect to Route 41 - Chapman Highway at Young High Pike. Shorten the route to one hour, remaining route to be covered by a new Route 45 - Vestal (see below).
  • Departures from Knoxville Station at the top of each hour Weekdays and Saturdays; currently departs at :15 past the hour
41 - Chapman Highway
  • Weekdays: 30-minute service until 10:15 p.m.; currently 60-minute service
  • New inbound and outbound short layovers at Young High Pike to connect with Routes 40 and 45.
42 - UT/Ft. Sanders Hospitals
  • Change route to 1 hour in length with departures at :15 after each hour Weekdays and Saturdays; currently departs at :30 after, 45 minutes in length
45 - Vestal
  • New bus route serving the Vestal Neighborhood, Flenniken Apartments, and Montgomery Village, providing direct connections to inbound and outbound Chapman Highway bus (Route 41) near Young High Pike. Operates hourly weekdays 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
50 - UT Campus Fixed Routes
  • Discontinue all "T" fixed routes, and the Link and Access Services
90 - Crosstown
  • Weekdays: Earlier eastbound trips from West Town Mall, beginning at 6:00 a.m. and arriving at Knoxville Center at 7:25 a.m. Later evening trip westbound, starting at Knoxville Center Mall at 7:30 p.m. and arriving at West Town Mall at 8:59 p.m.

The following routes would not have changes proposed under this plan: Route 10 - Sequoyah, Route 12 - Western Avenue, Route 13 - Beaumont, Route 23 - Millertown, Route 24 - Inskip/Breda Road, Route 30 - Parkridge, Route 33 - MLK, Jr. Avenue, Route 43 - University Heights, Route 44 - Gateway at Knoxville Apartments.


KAT is proposing three fare changes:

  1. The elimination of the UT Semester Pass, currently at $50 for 140 days and available to UT faculty, staff and students with proper ID.
  2.  A new semester pass for students attending eligible institutions of higher learning that sign an agreement with KAT and provide students with photo ID cards with valid dates. The pass would be $130 for 130 days. 
  3. A new fare media type: A 20-single ride pass for $25, with a complementary Senior, Medicare cardholder, Disabled and Student K-12 reduced fare 20-single ride pass for $12.50. A ride is deducted with each use, and the pass is not date-sensitive and can be used on non-consecutive days. Transfers are not included in the fare price, and would need to be purchased separately at the farebox if required.

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