Smart Trips Receives Air Quality Grant
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has awarded $27 million in air quality grants to 11 communities across the state. The money will fund a diverse group of projects that reduce congestion and improve air quality.
Smart Trips is thrilled to be chosen as a CMAQ grant recipient again this year. Pictured here, TDOT Commissioner John Schroer presents these vital funds to Jeff Welch, Director of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization.
Want to help Smart Trips access the full potential of our state and federal funding? Send us an email today to find out how you can become a local partner to improve air quality and traffic congestion in East Tennessee.
IBIKEKNX.com is Live!
Drum roll, please.......announcing...the bicycle program's brand new website! The new site has been in the works for a long time, and we are thrilled to have it finally go live! The old bicycle program site will be laid to rest in the not-too-distant future, so now is a great time to check out the new one and update your bookmarks. www.ibikeknx.com
Presentations from recent TPO Complete Streets Workshop
The TPO's Aug. 12 Technical Committee meeting was followed by a workshop on Complete Street policy. Complete Streets are designed and operated to function safely for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, drivers, and people of all ages and abilities.
Dr. Caroline Cooley from Bike Walk Knoxville presented on her organization's collaboration with the City of Knoxville on a Complete Streets ordinance. Erin Gill from Knoxville's Office of Sustainability spoke about the City's process of creating a Complete Streets ordinance, which is under way. Two speakers from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Carrie Turner and Christy Smith, presented on the nuts and bolts of Complete Streets policies and offered support for other local governments in the region interested in pursuing such policies. They also shared guidance from the National Complete Streets Coalition on key elements of a Complete Streets policy.
West Knox to Oak Ridge Greenway Plan
The TPO and the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Greenway Council are creating a plan to link West Knoxville and Knox County to Oak Ridge via greenway trails. Learn more >>
TDOT Long-Range Transportation Plan
By 2040, Tennessee is projected to have an additional 2 million people and be the 15th most populous State in the country. With this growth will come increased economic and community development challenges as well as issues related to planning and accommodating future demand.
In response to this projected growth and demand, the Tennessee Department of Transportation wants your input on the development of Tennessee’s next 25-Year Long-Range Transportation Plan.