FY2017-2020 Draft Transportation Improvement Program Available for Public Comment
The Knoxville Regional TPO completed a draft of the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and is encouraging public comment from September 26, 2016 until October 25, 2016. The TIP provides a four-year list of multimodal transportation projects within the Knoxville Urban Area. The four-year investment program prioritizes roughly $910 million dollars of federal and non-federal funds for improvements to our roadways, bridges, transit systems, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities throughout the Knoxville Region.
Knoxville Receives Grant From Federal Transit Administration
We are pleased to share some big news – Knoxville was awarded a $200,000 grant through the Rides to Wellness program of the Federal Transit Administration!
Knoxville Area Transit will manage the award, building a program to improve access to healthcare for Knoxville residents.
Public Input is In: Read What Others are Saying about the Draft Mobility Plan Project List
The comment period for the Draft Mobility Plan project list has ended.
Communities across the region have weighed-in, and we're making this available to you.
Transportation Planner Joins MPC
Elizabeth Watkins joined the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission at the end of June.
She and her husband moved to Knoxville from Washington, D.C. where they moved after graduate school. She worked for more than a year as a Regional Planner for the National Park Service. Before that, Elizabeth spent time with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, focusing on brownfield redevelopment and pesticide regulation.
Missing Link of Foothills Parkway Grant
The Foothills Parkway in Walland, TN was recently awarded $10 million for the completion of the last section of the Parkway in Blount County.
The funds were made available through the highly competitive 2016 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program and will be matched by an additional $10 million from the National Park Service and $15 million from the state of Tennessee.
The $35 million will be used to connect the road in what is referred to as the “missing link” of the parkway in Blount and Sevier counties. Additional safety features, such as guardrails, pull-offs, striping and signage, will also be included in the upcoming work. Officials expect it to be completed and open to the public in 2018.
North Broadway Bus Rapid Transit Study
An editorial published in the Knoxville News Sentinel on June 21, 2016 discussed a $6.4 million grant that the City of Knoxville is applying for from the state.
The funds would be used to install a traffic signal system along Broadway, one of the busiest transit routes in Knoxville. As the City continues to grow, an efficient transportation system is becoming increasingly important to residents, which is why the Knoxville Regional Transportation Organization completed the Knoxville Regional Transit Corridor Study in 2013.
Smart Trips Program Offers Options to City Parking Changes
As of July 1, 2016, several changes related to garage and street parking took effect in certain parts of Knoxville.
With a focus on downtown and Fort Sanders, the City and Public Building Authority (PBA) are increasing enforcement, adjusting rates, and installing new meters. With all of this, monthly parking fees for garage parking will see a slight increase, most meters will have slightly higher fees and now include Saturdays, and there will be more officers to police these changes.
Call for Projects: FTA Transit Funding
The TPO, working on behalf of the City of Knoxville, is seeking projects to be funded through FTA Section 5307 & Section 5339 grant funds.
The use of these funds are for services or projects that provide general public transit within the Knoxville urbanized area. It is important to note that any agency receiving these funds must have a Direct Recipient status with FTA.
Addendum and Deadline Extension to Section 5307 and 5339 Applications:
The deadline for submitting applications for Section 5307 & 5339 funding to MPC/TPO has been extended to Friday, July 29, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Submit applications to Doug Burton - email@example.com.
The following link contains additional information that has been requested as a supplement to the applications. Please review carefully.
Transportation Planning Work Program Being Updated
Draft Update: 2016-2017 Knoxville Regional TPO Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP)
The TPWP outlines a two year transportation planning work program for the activities undertaken by the TPO and its federal, state and local partners. It is updated annually and reviewed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.