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Posted on October 22, 2020 at 9:49 AM 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
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.
Posted on October 13, 2020 at 9:10 AM by Savannah Kilday
Due to the pandemic, KAT is continuing to operate fare-free to limit close contact on buses and keep passengers and operators safe. As a result, transit service to several early voting locations also comes free of charge, making it easier than ever to cast your vote.
“Transportation should never be barrier to voting,” says Isaac Thorne, Director of Transit for the City of Knoxville. “This is a great opportunity to cast a vote early, avoiding the potentially bigger crowds or longer lines on Election Day. Our Customer Service team at Knoxville Station is available to assist anyone who wishes to use transit to vote during this Early Voting period. Our team can help plan your route to the voting location, and can provide information from the Knox County Election Commission’s website on what identification passengers will need to bring with them when they go to vote.”
There are several locations for early voting that are conveniently located directly along KAT bus routes. The list of early voting sites and associated routes is as follows:
Early Voting Site
KAT Bus Route
Downtown West (limited ADA accessibility from Downtown West Blvd. to voting location)
Route 11 – Kingston Pike
Route 33 – MLK
City County Building
Route 10 - Sequoyah
Route 11 – Kingston Pike
Route 17 - Sutherland
All trolley routes
New Harvest Park
Route 33 – MLK (also available via Route 23 – Millertown)
Knoxville Expo Center
Route 20 – Central Street/Clinton Hwy
Route 90 – Crosstown
Meridian Baptist Church
Route 41 – Chapman Highway
Baker Center (October 26-29 only)
Route 17 - Sutherland
Early-voting for the Nov. 3 presidential election begins this Wednesday, Oct. 14 and continues through Oct. 29.
In addition to operating fare-free, KAT is also continuing with safety practices to ensure a healthy and safe experience when riding KAT during this time. Buses are operating at a half-filled capacity, allowing for physical distancing when riding. In addition, face coverings are required on all KAT buses, and KAT buses are disinfected twice daily, exceeding CDC guidelines. Hand sanitizer and masks are available onboard all KAT buses and at Knoxville Station.
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Posted on August 7, 2020 at 3:15 PM by Savannah Kilday
Mayor Indya Kincannon has appointed Isaac Thorne to be the Knoxville’s new Director of Transit. Thorne is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Connect Transit in Normal, Illinois.
“Isaac has a winning track record in the transit industry,” Mayor Kincannon said. “He is an innovative leader who never loses sight that public transit is a customer-focused service.
“I am also confident that he is the right person to continue to move KAT toward an all-electric fleet as part of our City’s sustainability strategy.”
Over the past several years, KAT has expanded its alternative fuel options, and now nearly a third of the fleet consists of hybrid electric vehicles.
Thorne will be moving here after nearly 13 years with Connect Transit, where, prior to serving as CEO, he served as Chief Operating Officer, Interim Transportation Director, Procurement Director and Operations Manager.
“I am excited to be working with the employees of the City of Knoxville, Knoxville Area Transit and most importantly, our customers,” Thorne said.
“It is an honor to be trusted to lead an exceptional transit system that has been nationally recognized in the beautiful City of Knoxville.”
Thorne was instrumental in helping to transform his current employer into the 2015 American Public Transportation Association Outstanding Public Transit System of the Year. That same year, he was also named to the prestigious list of Mass Transit Top 40 Under 40.
Thorne succeeds Transit Director Dawn Distler, who left in 2018 to direct a larger regional transit system in Akron, Ohio, and Interim Director Melissa Roberson, who will return to her position as KAT’s Chief Administrative Officer.
“Melissa has done a tremendous job advancing KAT’s place as an industry leader,” Mayor Kincannon said. “I thank her and appreciate all her hard work, especially during the recent challenges of COVID-19.”
Thorne’s first day will be August 31.