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Sep 02

DBE Goal Notice – FY 2021-2023

Posted to KAT Blog by Savannah Kilday

Knoxville Area Transit’s U.S.-D.O.T

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal for FY 2021-2023

In compliance with the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program established in 49 CFR 26, Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) proposes to establish a goal of 2.5% of Federal financial assistance expended in D.O.T.-assisted contracts in federal fiscal years 2021-2023. This goal, established by KAT, is one of many components within the City of Knoxville’s DBE goals established by the Small Business and Diversity Outreach Office. This goal directly relates to Federal Transit Administration funding to be spent with firms certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) under the Tennessee Unified Certification Program (TN-UCP) and does not apply to transit vehicle purchases. KAT proposes to meet this goal by advertising bid opportunities through the City of Knoxville Purchasing website, DBE and general circulation publications, and by advising City Purchasing at the time of requisition of TN-UCP certified firms that should be included in bid notices. The proposed goal and the entire DBE program document are available for viewing during normal business hours at Knoxville Area Transit’s 1135 Magnolia Avenue offices for 30 days following the date of this notice. Comments on the goal and program, or questions about DBE certification through TN-UCP should be addressed to Si McMurray, DBE Liaison Officer, Knoxville Area Transit, 301 Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915; telephone: 865.215.7803; email:, or through the comments link below. Comments may also be addressed to D.O.T. at U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 1200 Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20590.

Dec 21

KAT’s new Temporary Reduced Fare Structure Announced

Posted to Media Advisories and Press Releases by Savannah Kilday

New Reduced Fares-Feb. 2021
KAT has announced a return to charging fares, but with a new, temporary reduced fare structure that provides COVID recovery and relief from the economic impacts of the pandemic.   The new temporary fare structure, effective on Monday, February 1, 2021, is intended not only to provide some economic relief, but to also streamline passenger boardings, making them faster and limiting interactions between bus operators and passengers for improved safety.  The base fare will change from the previous fare of $1.50 down to $1.00.  Seniors, passengers with disabilities, and students K-12 (SDS) will have a base fare of $0.50 (previously $0.75). 


The new fare temporary structure is as follows: 

Fare Type 


Previous fare 

One Ride/Base Fare 

$1.00 (Regular)/ $0.50 (SDS) 

$1.50 (Regular) /$0.75 (SDS) 

Day Pass 

$2.00 (Regular) / $1.00 (SDS) 

$4.00 (Regular) / $2.00 (SDS) 

30-Day Pass 

$30.00 (Regular) / $15.00 (SDS) 

$50.00 (Regular) / $25.00 (SDS) 

20-Ride Pass 

$15.00 (Regular) / $7.50 (SDS) 

$25.00 (Regular) / $12.50 (SDS) 

Semester Pass 

$130 (remains the same


Lift Paratransit Ride 




With this new fare structure, 7-day passes and transfer passes are eliminated.  


“This new fare structure will help provide relief to working families as they recover from the economic challenges of the pandemic,” says Isaac Thorne, Director of Transit for the City of Knoxville.  “We have been very fortunate to have the support of the City of Knoxville along with federal COVID relief funding which allowed for us to operate fare-free, improving safety and reducing close interactions on our buses.  With the new streamlined temporary fare structure, we hope to continue operating safely while re-implementing our fare system.” 


The pandemic has created multiple challenges for transit: while providing trips for essential workers, KAT also had to limit seating on buses for better social distancing, which reduced capacity.  Fare-free service has meant more people riding more often, and has too often resulted in buses having to leave behind those going to jobs and other locations due to the half-capacity requirement.  In addition, a reduced workforce due to COVID has further reduced KAT’s capabilities, forcing KAT to operate on reduced service levels, further challenging those essential workers using the service. 


“It’s been the perfect storm,” says Thorne.  “But, we are hopeful that this new fare structure, along with promising news of the vaccine will begin to bring KAT back to a more normal operating system.” 


For the time being, KAT continues current safety protocols of providing masks and hand sanitizer on all vehicles, performing regular cleaning and disinfecting of vehicles, and reminding passengers of CDC safety recommendations. 


KAT hopes to keep the new temporary fare structure in place for at least six months.