U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx visits Knoxville
The head of the U.S. Department of Transportation visited Knoxville on Tuesday, May 12, to highlight the need for transportation funding that is sufficient to maintain our infrastructure and allow for good planning.
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Notice of Public Hearing on Transit Funding
The Executive Board of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) will hold a public hearing in conjunction with its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 9 a.m. in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the purpose of considering public comment both written and oral on the proposed transit Program of Projects (POP) funded by Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year 2015 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Transit Grant funds and FY 2015 Section 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities Grant funds. The Executive Board will also consider adopting the POP into the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
The City of Knoxville is the official designated recipient of the grant funds. The public involvement process, including the times established for public review and for allowing comment on the POP, follows the TPO’s TIP public involvement process, as allowed by FTA and in accordance with appropriate federal transit regulations. If there are no changes to the POP it will be considered final.
Interested persons or agencies and particularly private transportation providers are encouraged to participate in the process. For information, to be mailed or faxed a copy of the POP, or to provide comments in advance of the meeting, contact Dori Caron at the TPO at Suite 403, City County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN 37902; or by telephone at (865) 215-2694; or by email to email@example.com. Comments submitted in advance of the meeting by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 will be read into the minutes at the meetig. View the draft Program of Projects (POP)
Long Range Mobility Plan Amendments Spur Air Quality Conformity Determination
A set of project amendments for both the Long Range Regional Mobility Plan and FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program were adopted by the TPO Executive Board at their March 10, 2015 meeting. An air quality conformity determination for these amendments was required due to the Knoxville Region's current air quality attainment status with Federal Clean Air Act regulations. A presentation was provided by the TPO staff that gives an overview of the transportation planning requirements associated with meeting the Federal air quality regulations and the conformity analysis that was conducted by the TPO to demonstrate compliance of its transportation plans with those requirements. View the presentation here.
Attitudes Make a Difference with Walking/Biking Behavior
At their March meetings, the TPO's Technical Committee and Executive Board learned about the importance of attitudes and culture in implementing programs such as Safe Routes to School. Jerry Everett, who is the research director for UT's Center for Transportation Research, conducted the study for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He learned, among other things, that Tennessee parents are more likely to say that their families would not approve of their children walking to school, as compared with parents in more bicycle and pedestrian friendly communities. You can see his presentation here.
Knox to Oak Ridge Greenway Plan Complete
A plan to link existing and planned greenways in West Knoxville, West Knox County and Oak Ridge has been completed. The plan describes a preferred and alternate route, as well as the benefits of completing the greenway linkage, which include increased property values and healthier communities. You can find the completed plan here.
FHWA recently completed its update to the Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System, commonly known as BIKESAFE, to reflect the latest research and best practices surrounding designs for bicycle safety. The same website also offers PEDSAFE, which provides practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who walk. An online Countermeasure Selection Tool asks for simple input about a problem location and then provides a list of potential treatments and programs that could improve safety.
City of Knoxville and Transportation Planning Organization Win Smart Growth Awards
The City of Knoxville and the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) announced today that efforts to better serve Knoxville’s mass transit needs and the City of Alcoa’s redevelopment efforts have helped the region win two nationally competitive awards. Read the press release >>