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301 Church Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915

General Office: 865-215-7800

Office hours: Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Service Change


Reduced Service Schedules in Effect

Effective Monday, August 29, 2022, reduced service schedules went into effect on some KAT bus routes. Click here for more information.

In partnership with Knox County Schools and the City of Knoxville, KAT is excited to offer all students in Knox County the opportunity to ride KAT buses at NO CHARGE!

The Youth Freedom Program provides students unlimited rides through the end of the 2022/2023 school year on KAT’s Fixed Route bus service. The best part of this updated program – no special pass is required! Just hop on the bus.

Here’s just a few places you can get to on KAT:

Frequently Asked Questions

Why ride the bus?
Our car-centric transportation system is our main source of greenhouse gas emissions in the US. Be part of the climate solution! As we say at KAT: Ride for change. And also, two words: Free Wi-Fi.
How do I get my pass?

We’ve updated the program so you don’t need a special pass to ride. Just hop on the bus and tell your driver that you’re a Knox County Student to ride!

Where can I go?

Anywhere KAT goes! Download our FREE app, Transit, to plan your trip, get step-by-step directions and track your ride. It’s available on the App Store for iOS users or on Google Play for Android users. You can also find information about routes, bus stops, and trip planning here.

What about regular Knox County School buses?
This program will not replace the school-bus service provided by Knox County Schools, and the district will continue to offer before- and after-school transportation. However, we believe that making KAT service available outside of school hours will help students pursue jobs or extracurricular activities, and will broaden their access to cultural institutions such as libraries, museums, and college campuses.
I can’t ride the regular, fixed route buses due to a disability. What should I do?

Students with disabilities can receive a similarly structured Freedom Pass that applies to the KAT LIFT service. For more information about KAT LIFT, please call (865) 637-3000.

Students are required to follow all of  KAT’s passenger ride guide and are subject to standard consequences and procedures, including potential revocation of an individual’s ability to participate in the program, if rules are not followed.