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May 06

Knoxville ‘Got on Board’

Posted to KAT Blog by Savannah Kilday

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Knoxville, TN. The Knoxville community showed their support for transit by riding in big numbers on last Thursday’s Get on Board Day.  KAT saw a 24% increase in ridership compared with the previous day, with many passengers posting their rides on social media.

Get on Board Day was a nation-wide event promoting transit and raising awareness of the benefits of transit, from economic development to promoting sustainable lifestyles.  Over 200 transit agencies participated in the event in various ways.  KAT offered fare-free rides and encouraged people to share their rides on social media.   In addition to the ridership increases, KAT’s social media engagement doubled for Get on Board Day.

“We were so pleased to see such a positive and supportive community response to Get on Board Day,” says Melissa Roberson, Director of Transit for the City of Knoxville. “We have been improving our passenger amenities with our KATbus Tracker App and free wi-fi on buses, along with steady improvements to route service.  I think the public is responding to these new conveniences and more people are interested in giving transit a try.”

The KATbus Tracker app, which provides real-time bus tracking along with trip planning and other features, was introduced at the end of March.  Thus far, the app has been downloaded over 900 times.


Jul 15

Free Red Line Trolley to Begin Service to South Waterfront on August 19

Posted to Media Advisories and Press Releases by Savannah Kilday

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Knoxville Area Transit’s fourth free trolley line – the new Red Line, connecting a part of the South Waterfront and downtown – is scheduled to begin service on Monday, Aug. 19.

The trolley line will follow a circular route from the Trolley Superstop on Main Avenue south across the Gay Street Bridge, west on Blount Avenue, then north across the Henley Bridge back to Main.

From the Superstop, a trolley passenger can access the free trolley lines to the University of Tennessee, the northern end of downtown and the Old City, the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, and other destinations.

The Red Line will operate Monday through Saturday, with a trolley arriving at designated stops every 7 minutes. The trolleys will run Monday through Thursday until 8 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays until 10 p.m.

The Red Line trolley service is not permanently funded. The current City budget provides $300,000 for the one-year Red Line demonstration project. The service will be evaluated in the coming months to determine whether there is enough ridership to justify making the route permanent. 

The addition of trolley service comes as more than $110 million in new private development has been reinvested in the South Waterfront near the foot of the Gay Street and Henley bridges. That includes the $60 million One Riverwalk apartment complex, the $40 million 303 Flats student apartments and the $12 million makeover of an abandoned medical office building for the new Regal headquarters.

When all One Riverwalk construction is completed, about 1,200 people will soon be working and living in this stretch of the South Waterfront, which just a few years ago was a blighted vacant brownfield.

A continuous half-mile riverwalk, a 37,500-square-foot public event space adjacent to the Henley Bridge, and a public corridor connecting Blount Avenue to the riverwalk are under construction. The Riverwalk Garage (formerly the Baptist Hospital Garage) offers free nighttime and weekend garage parking.

Download this Press Release as a PDF here.