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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: smcmurray@katbus.com, 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.

Oct 22

KAT announces temporary service reductions to begin Monday, November 9

Posted to Media Advisories and Press Releases by Savannah Kilday

Effective Monday, November 9, 2020, Knoxville Area Transit will be reducing weekday service on some routes as a result of a workforce shortage.  This shortage is NOT due to increased COVID-19 cases amongst employees, but rather, it is due to employees following proper CDC guidelines of quarantining when required or staying home when feeling sick. With every effort to maintain as much service as possible, KAT will be making the changes listed below to KAT routes.  Additional buses will be dispatched as needed and available during this time.  The routes with service reductions are listed below, and this change will likely be in effect through mid-January. 

 

Weekday service reductions: 

Route 11 – Kingston Pike – service every 30 minutes 

Route 17 – Sutherland – service once an hour 

Route 20 – Central – service once an hour 

Route 22 – Broadway – service every 30 minutes 

Route 31 – Magnolia – service every 30 minutes 

Route 32 – Dandridge – service once an hour 

Route 34 – Burlington – service once an hour 

Route 40 – South Knoxville – service once an hour 

Route 45 – Vestal – service once an hour 

Orange Line Trolley – ends at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings 

Blue Line Trolley – ends at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings 

Green Line Trolley – service every 20 minutes, ends at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings 

 

All other weekday routes will maintain their current schedules, and weekend service will remain the same, with the exception of evening trolley services described above.   Detailed information on schedule changes can be found at katbus.com or by calling 865-637-3000. 

Maintaining Safety Precautions 

  • In an effort to maintain proper social distancing, KAT routes will still operate fare-free and passengers are encouraged to enter through the back doors.   
  • Seating on buses is limited to half of regular capacity, and additional buses are dispatched as available when buses reach that capacity.   
  • Properly worn face coverings are required on all KAT buses, as well as at Knoxville Station, and face masks and hand sanitizer dispensers are available on all buses and at Knoxville Station. 
  • Buses are cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis. 

 

The public is strongly encouraged to limit transit use to essential trips only to ensure that Knoxville’s essential workforce is able to travel via transit.