Discovering an Alternative
Would you like to find an alternative to driving your car to work in traffic and congestion? Do you need transportation to your medical appointments? There are many different ways to get around.
Knoxville Area Transit is the largest provider of public transit in the Knoxville Region. KAT focuses a majority of its services within the City of Knoxville but does provide some service in Knox County outside the city limits. KAT provides fixed route bus service, downtown trolley circulators, the University of Tennessee campus service, and door-to-door paratransit service for those persons who are disabled.
For more information about KAT or its routing please call (865) 637-3000 or visit their website at www.katbus.com.
ETHRA provides public transportation to residents living in the sixteen counties of East Tennessee. Their goal is to provide affordable, safe, quality, dependable transportation to citizens of a sixteen county area, including all areas in the Knoxville Region. While ETHRA’s main focus is to serve residents who have no other source of transportation for medical, essential errands, and employment trips, their service is available to the general public. ETHRA provides demand response service, typically meaning pick-up and drop-off times are prearranged.
For more information, visit the EHTRA website.
The Gatlinburg Trolley System provides service on seven fixed routes throughout the City of Gatlinburg with connections to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, and the Welcome Centers.
For more information visit the Gatlinburg Trolley website.
Knox County CAC Transit serves to increase access to community resources for all Knox County citizens who have no other means of transportation. The KCT program serves people of all ages and is limited by restrictions to providing service based on funding and/or requirements for utilizing services. Knox County CAC Transit is a demand response system that provides wheelchair accessible and general public transportation: to residents who live within Knox County outside the City of Knoxville; to those individuals who live within the city of Knoxville outside the KAT service area; and to those city residents who are not served by the KAT fixed route system, including persons who live too far from a bus stop or whose destination is not within the KAT service area.
Knox County CAC Transit provides transportation services Monday through Saturday between the hours of 5:00 am and 9:00 pm. Transportation is provided to employment and training 24/7, however, funding is limited. Fares are $2.00 per person each way. This fare does not apply to customers that qualify for other contract services with Knox County Transit. New riders need to fill out an application. For information, call 865-524-0319
CAC also operates the Volunteer Assisted Transportation (VAT) program that provides service to Knox County seniors and people with disabilities who require aid and assistance in order to travel safely. Volunteers drivers use agency-owned vehicles and provide door-through-door assistance, staying with the rider throughout the appointment, as needed. Rides are provided based on volunteer availability. New riders need to fill out an application. For information, call 865-673-5001.
The Oak Ridge Transit System provides service throughout the City of Oak Ridge and is available to all citizens. Oak Ridge Transit operates three ADA accessible and fourteen passenger mini-buses. Service is provided six days a week, Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00pm. Mini-buses will pick up passengers and transport them anywhere within the Oak Ridge city limits for $1.50 per one-way trip.
For more information visit their website.
The Pigeon Forge and Sevierville Fun Time Trolley system offers 7 trolley routes serving Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, Wears Valley and Gatlinburg. Paratransit Service is also available.
For more information visit their webiste.
Tennessee Vans is a regional commuter van pool service that provides minivans and 15-passenger vans to commuters and community organizations. The program is designed to broaden economic opportunities throughout the Region by alleviating transportation barriers to employment and by improving mobility options for area workers.
Call Tennessee Vans (1-800-444-VANS) for further information.
The TPO is committed to improving the safety of pedestrians through its projects and programs. Understanding what street environments are more or less safe for pedestrians is a key component of that effort. Dr. Chris Cherry, associate professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UTK, is working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) on a research project looking at the aspects of street design that lead to increased risk for pedestrian crashes. His research team compiled data on hundreds of crashes across the state of Tennessee to try to determine where funding should best be spent to improve pedestrian safety. Dr. Cherry shared a presentation on his work at the February 2014 TPO Technical Committee meeting.