Youth Freedom Pass

Youth Freedom Pass 2

In partnership with Knox County Schools and the City of Knoxville, KAT is excited to offer all students in Knox County the opportunity to ride KAT buses at no charge!

The Youth Freedom Program provides students unlimited rides through the end of the 2022/2023 school year on KAT's Fixed Route bus service. The best part of this updated program  - no special pass is required!  Just hop on the bus.

Why ride the bus?

Our car-centric transportation system is our main source of greenhouse gas emissions in the US.  Be part of the climate solution! As we say at KAT: Ride for change. And also, two words: Free Wi-Fi.

How do I get my pass?


We've updated the program so you don't need a special pass to ride.  Just hop on the bus if you're 18 or under and enjoy the ride!

Where can I go?


Anywhere KAT goes! Information about routes, bus stops and trip planning is available here, or by downloading the free KATbus Tracker App, which is available on the App Store for iOS users or on Google Play for Android users. This app can plan your trip and tell you where the buses are in real time.

Where to go?


Here's just a few places you can get to on KAT:
   Suttree Landing - Route 40 South Knoxville
   West Town Mall - Route 11 Kingston Pike
   Main Event Knoxville - Route 16 Cedar Bluff Connector
   Java Juice Box - Route 22 Broadway
   Lost and Found Records - Route 22 Broadway
   Zoo Knoxville - Route 31 Magnolia
   Golden Gloves Arena - Route 31 Magnolia

What about regular Knox County School buses?


This program will not replace the school-bus service provided by Knox County Schools, and the district will continue to offer before- and after-school transportation. However, we believe that making KAT service available outside of school hours will help students pursue jobs or extracurricular activities, and will broaden their access to cultural institutions such as libraries, museums, and college campuses.

I can’t ride the regular, fixed route buses due to a disability. What do I do?


Students with disabilities can receive a similarly structured Freedom Pass that applies to the KAT LIFT service. For more information about KAT LIFT, please call (865) 637-3000.

Students are required to follow all standard KAT passenger rules and are subject to standard consequence and procedures, including potential revocation of an individual’s ability to participate in the program, if rules are not followed.

We will see you on the bus!