Jul 15

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

Posted on July 15, 2019 at 3:08 PM 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. 

May 08

KAT Operations Leadership Sees Changes

Posted on May 8, 2019 at 9:57 AM by Savannah Kilday

After a career spanning over 30 years in transit in Knoxville, Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) announces the retirement of Chief Operating Officer Beverly Campbell, and consequently the hiring of a new Chief Human Resources Officer, Julie Glibbery, as well as the promotion of Odell Draper to Chief Operations Officer.

Beverly began her career at KAT in 1987 as a systems analyst before becoming the Director of Human Resources.  Later, she became Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all Human Resources and Operations functions including the bus operator staff of over 257, dispatchers and supervisors, and all managers and directors within the department.

With her departure, the Operations functions will be handled by
Odell Draper, former Director of Operations and Safety and now Chief Operations Officer. Draper began his career at KAT as a bus operator in 2007, ascending the ranks through various supervisory positions to become Director of Operations and Safety.  He will now oversee all bus operators, managers, and supervisors within the operations division.  Draper, a recent Mass Transit Magazine “40 Under 40” award winner, has been training under Beverly’s leadership for several years.

Julie Glibbery brings a wealth of Human Resources experience to KAT.  Prior to joining KAT, Julie’s broad career in human resources included experience in the automotive, aeronautical, marine industries as well as with a major federal contractor. In her current position as Chief Human Resources Officer she is responsible for employee/labor relations, benefits, compensation, compliance and staffing for KAT.

Download this News Release as a PDF here.

Apr 22

KAT Offers Free Rides for National Get on Board Day

Posted on April 22, 2019 at 9:39 AM by Savannah Kilday

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Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) will join with around 200 other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in National Get On Board Day on Thursday, April 25.  KAT will offer service fare-free to encourage the public to ride and show their support for transit.

“Now is a great time to try transit in Knoxville,” says Melissa Roberson, Interim Director of Transit for the City of Knoxville. “Our new KATbus Tracker app can track your bus in real time as well as plan your trip.  Or, if you prefer, the texting feature at each bus stop also offers real-time bus arrival times.  Once on the bus, the free wi-fi is a great way to get some work done or just relax with some good music.”

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2019 National Get On Board Day is a day that encourages people to support public transportation and showcases the benefits it brings to communities.  Each weekday in the U.S., 34 million people board public transportation.

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive.  Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization. 

“There are so many good reasons to use transit,” says Roberson.  “Whether it’s because you want to save money, reduce your environmental impact, enjoy a walk to and from the bus stop, or just enjoy letting someone else do the driving, we encourage you to hop on for Get on Board Day, and let us know why you ride.”

KAT is encouraging passengers to use social media on the 25th to share why public transit is important to them.

WHAT:        Free rides on KAT for National Get On Board Day

WHERE:     Throughout the City of Knoxville

WHEN:        Thursday, April 25, 2019

Download this Press Release as a PDF here.