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Basic Services
UT
Trolley
The Lift
Sports Shuttle
Express: Park and Ride
Shop and Ride
Seniors





BASIC SERVICES

Knoxville Area Transit offers a wide range of services and programs for the Knoxville community. We operate regular fixed route service throughout the city of Knoxville. Service times vary by route. For specific information about routes, visit our Schedules and Maps.



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UT

KAT's Semester Pass program is available for students of any participating institution of higher learning. Students at participating schools may purchase a Semester Pass, good for 130 days from first use. The cost of the Semester Pass is $130. Passes are for students only (no faculty/staff) and must be purchased at the school. You may be required to show a valid student ID along with your semester pass when you board the bus.

Institutions interested in participating in the Semester Pass program can contact KAT using the Contact Us form for more information on how to enroll in the program.

CURRENT SEMESTER PASS PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS:

University of Tennessee

Aveda Institute

ITT Tech

Virginia College



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TROLLEY

Trolley Routes General Information

There are currently three trolley routes that serve the downtown and UT area: The Downtown Loop trolley, the Gay Street Line and the Vol Line trolley. Trolley maps are available at locations throughout downtown, including Knoxville Station; You can download a pdf of the trolley route brochure here.

Or, to download JUST the trolley map (not the rest of the brochure), click here.

Trolley Routes:

Downtown Loop:runs Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Downtown Loop extension (providing service to Summit Towers) runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Every 10 minutes)

Gay Street Line: runs Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Every 10 minutes)

Vol Line:runs Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Every 10 minutes weekdays before 6 p.m.; every 15 minutes after 6 p.m. and on Saturdays)

Trolleys do not run on holidays or on Saturdays when there is a UT home football game.

The trolley service operates fare-free.



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THE LIFT

KAT offers Paratransit LIFT service for those persons who are unable to use regular fixed-route buses. The LIFT is by reservation only, and you must be certified by KAT to use the service. All LIFT passengers must re-apply every two years in order to keep their certification current. The LIFT handbook contains detailed information on using the service. Anyone wishing to apply for LIFT certification should read the handbook prior to filling out an application.

Download PDF version of the handbook.

Download The LIFT application.

(Adobe Reader is required to read these files. Download Adobe Reader free.)

A few tips: Trips must be scheduled by 4 p.m. the day before service is required. In order to ensure your trip is arranged as close as possible to your desired schedule, we recommend at least 7 days advance notice. Trips may be booked up to 14 days in advance. On the day of your trip, be ready several minutes early and have your fare ready. The cost for the service is $3.00 each way ($6.00 round-trip).



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SPORTS SHUTTLES

No sport shuttles are currently operating at this time.



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EXPRESS: PARK & RIDE

KAT does not currently offer any express routes. Please visit our Schedules & Maps page for a list of available routes.



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SHOP & RIDE

We are proud to be partnering with Knoxville's Three Rivers Market with a special offer to their customers: Shop at Three Rivers Market, ride KAT home for free. If you spend $10 with Three Rivers, you can request a free one-ride bus pass home.

If you are a business interested in offering this same program to your own customers, simply purchase the passes, then let us know and we'll be glad to promote you on our site. To purchase passes, call us at 865.215.7819 or visit the Fares section to download a mail order form.



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SENIORS

Seniors age 65 or over can ride KAT for half the regular fare. The discounted fare is 75 cents per ride for regular, fixed route fare. You will need to show a KAT I.D. card or a Medicare card to qualify for this discounted fare.

First-time Rider?

Nervous about riding the bus for the first time? We offer travel training for seniors. This training can be done on an individual basis or in a group, and covers the basics such as reading a schedule, waiting for the bus, using the farebox, and getting off the bus. For more information or to schedule a training session, call KAT's Customer Service Manager at 637-3000.



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Route & Schedule Information: 865-637-3000
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