KAT proposes changes to downtown Knoxville trolley system

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville Area Transit is proposing changes to the downtown trolley system. The changes would include new service to the Old City, later weekday service and better connections between routes.

The proposal includes three routes that would run Monday through Thursday until 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. There would be a central transfer location on Locust Street.

Previous story: Knoxville Area Transit seeks input on downtown trolleys

The proposal comes after extensive community outreach involving listening sessions downtown and an online survey.

Map of proposed trolley route changes [PDF]
Map of proposed trolley route changes [PDF]
The first route would cover UT, University Commons and World’s Fair Park and would run every 15 minutes. That includes timing improvements for a more consistent schedule and direct connections along Locust Street with routes serving Gay Street and the Old City, the Civic Coliseum and east areas.

The second route would cover the Old City and Gay Street and run every 10 minutes. The trolley would run to the free parking near the Old City and have connections to the UT and waterfront trolley routes.

The third route would be the Waterfront Connection, covering the Civic Coliseum to downtown and City County Building, returning via Hill Avenue. The trolley would run every seven minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on Saturdays.

Other proposed improvements include improved information and trolley stop branding at major stops, including maps and schedules; a new enhanced shelter for residents of Summit Towers and enhanced waiting on Hill Avenue for Marriott customers; and on-sidewalk visual pathways to connect people from trolley stops to places like Krutch Park, the waterfront and the Knoxville Museum of Art.

The public is encouraged to comment on the proposal. People can contact KAT through its website or by calling (865) 637-3000. You can also attend one of two public open houses at Lawson McGhee Library on January 15 from 9 a.m. to noon and the Knoxville Station Community Room on January 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

There is a public meeting on January 28 at 3 p.m. in the Main Assembly room of the City-County Building at 400 Main Street. You can also mail comments to KAT Trolley Plan, 301 Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915.

More information: KAT Trolley Proposal

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