Alternatives

Welcome!

In the first round of engagement, we asked you about your goals and priorities for KAT's bus service.  To help you think about that, we drew two contrasting images of how the network could look, depending on what is most important to people and what the public’s priorities are.  

 

Both concepts assume that KAT can run the same amount of bus service as it did in late 2019, just before the pandemic.  We can’t add more service, so we have to make some hard decisions about what’s most important.

Want to see what the public said?  See the survey results here.

How should we design our new network?

It depends on our goal

The Ridership Concept’s goal is to be useful to more people, so that more people ride.  Right now, we have lots of routes, but most of them don’t come often enough to be useful to most people. This concept would run higher frequency where there are the most people and destinations, but with a fixed budget, that would mean it couldn’t go everywhere that service goes now.


The Coverage Concept’s goal is to provide some service to as many as people as possible, including all existing riders.  This requires spreading service out, but spreading it out means spreading it thin.  When we run so many routes, we can’t afford to run the service very often, and because of that, fewer people find the bus system useful. 

Why do we have to make this choice?  We explain it more fully here.

When we plan for ridership, we get the following benefits:

  • Most people can get to more jobs and opportunities sooner.

  • We help mitigate pollution and congestion.

  • We get more money from fares, so that we can afford more service.

When we spread out our bus service (coverage) we get:

  • Bus service near more people’s homes and jobs.

  • Expansions into new areas on the edges of the region.

  • Lifeline transit access for everyone who needs it.

The two concepts show how we could design the new network depending on which goal is more important, using the same budget we have today. Your opinion will help us understand what to do when we design the final plan.

You can compare these concepts to the pre-pandemic network, which is here.

The concepts are not proposals. We will design the final plan later this year based on your input.

Coverage Concept

Dark red lines arrive every 10 minutes or less

Red lines arrive every 15 minutes or less

Blue lines arrive every 25 - 30 minutes

Light blue lines arrive every 31 - 60 minutes

Ridership Concept

Dark red lines arrive every 10 minutes or less

Red lines arrive every 15 minutes or less

Blue lines arrive every 25 - 30 minutes

Light blue lines arrive every 31 - 60 minutes

This concept expands the network to cover more area, but because there are so many routes, KAT can’t afford to increase frequencies very much. Ridership will be lower because most people won’t tolerate the long waits.

This concept connects the busiest parts of the region with the best possible bus service (every 15 minutes or better). On average, more people can get to more places sooner with this concept, so ridership will be higher.  But it’s not good for everyone.

OUTCOMES

  • The average resident can reach 14% fewer jobs by transit in 45 minutes.

  • These numbers are probably similar for other destinations, like school, shopping, etc.

  • 61% of Knoxville residents are within 1/2 mile walk of any transit service, compared with 58% now.

  • 3% of all residents are within 1/2 mile walk of frequent service (a bus every 15 minutes or better), compared to 8% now.

  • Slightly more people have access to transit near their homes, because the network expands into more neighborhoods on the edges of the city.

OUTCOMES

  • The average resident can reach 33% more jobs by transit in 45 minutes.

  • These numbers are probably similar for other destinations, like school, shopping, etc.

  • 41% of residents are within 1/2 mile walk of any transit service, compared with 58% now.

  • 20% of residents are within 1/2 mile walk of frequent service (a bus every 15 minutes or better), compared with 8% now.

  • Slightly fewer people have access to transit near their homes, because the network is focused on the core of the city.

Want to know more? Download the full report at the library

Change in Access

Where can you be soon? Answering that question tells us a great deal about how useful a transit system is. The images below compare how far you can get from Western Heights in 45 minutes in the Coverage and Ridership Concepts.

The Coverage Concept increases access by expanding beyond the gray area (where you can reach today) and allowing people to reach the blue area (newly accessible areas), which would increase jobs reachable by 64%.

The Ridership Concept increases access by expanding beyond the gray area (where you can reach today) and allowing people to reach the red area (newly accessible areas), which would increase jobs reachable by 88%.

Click below to see more examples of the change in access for different places around Knoxville:

West High School
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Walmart Millerton Pike
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Island Home Ave and Sevier Ave
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Walbrook at Walmart
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TN College of Applied Tech
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PSCC (Magnolia Ave Campus)
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Knox Road Transfer Point
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Kirkwood Transfer Point
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Central High School
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