Public Notice: Change of Meeting Venue for the Executive Board

Due to the current situation with Covid19 and the Knox County Safer From Home Order, the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Executive Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th at 9:00 a.m. will now be held electronically.

Unfortunately, the public will not be able to attend or join the meeting live. However, in keeping with Governor Lee’s Executive Order #16 the TPO will post a recording of the electronic meeting on the TPO website within 48 hours of its conclusion.

The Agenda of the meeting is available here. The public can submit comments concerning items on the agenda and they will be read into the public record up to 8:00 a.m. on March 25, 2020. To submit a comment please contact Doug Burton at 865-215-3824 or doug.burton@knoxtpo.org.

Once posted, if you need assistance viewing the recorded meeting please notify the TPO at 865-215-2694 or dori.caron@knoxplanning.org.

Public Review and Comment Period: Air Quality Conformity Determination on Amendments to the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization FY 2020 – 2023 Transportation Improvement Program.

The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) announces a 30-day public review and comment period (March 23, 2020 through April 22, 2020) for amendments to the FY2020 – 2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) involving projects #20-2014-003 (Alcoa Highway Widening) and #20-2014-007 (Foothills Mall Drive Extension). The TPO is soliciting public comments on the Air Quality Conformity Determination made for these amendments. You are invited to comment by phone, email or in-person at 400 Main Street, Suite 403, Knoxville, TN. Additionally, public comments may be made at the TPO Technical Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 held at 9 a.m. in the Small Assembly Room of the City-County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN. Comments can be made to Mike Conger at 865-215-3813 or at Mike.Conger@knoxtpo.org.

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TDOT to Host Community Meetings on I-40/81 Corridor Study

 

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is coming to town to share news about an upcoming study. They will be looking at a range of multimodal solutions along the corridors of interstates 40 and 81. By multimodal, TDOT means that they will consider a variety of travel options beyond just automobile, including transit and other forms of freight movement.

TDOT’s study is an effort to better manage congestion in the I-40/81 corridor. They also want to improve safety, look at options for diverting freight traffic, and promote economic benefits.

Everyone is invited to participate in the public meetings to provide input on TDOT’s evaluation of the corridor. The first meeting is: February 20, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Cedar Bluff Library (9045 Cross Park Drive, Knoxville, TN  37923).

Those unable to attend the February 20 meeting have other options to participate:

Submit a comment form online or complete an online survey.

And additional public meetings will be held throughout the duration of the study. At all meetings, comment forms will be provided for your input.

More information about the study and upcoming meetings can be found here.

Getting Back to Basics: Building Walkable Schools

Dr. Ruth Steiner from the University of Florida joined us in Knoxville on Dec. 4 and 4, 2019, to speak with community leaders and the public about the keys to choosing and creating school sites for walkability.

Ruth shared research and best practices on school transportation, and led a workshop with school officials where sites for two new school were discussed. Knox County Schools will be building three new schools in the next couple of years. 

Ruth was the 12th speaker we’ve hosted through Active Knox, which is funded through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Health.
If you’d like to receive emails about future events, contact ellen.zavisca@knoxplanning.org

Grassroots Approaches to Safer Streets

Louise Lockett Gordon from Bike Walk RVA was in Knoxville on Oct. 15 and 16 to speak with community leaders, activists, and a public session on the role a nonprofit can play in getting to safer streets. 

Louise shared great examples of the many ways her organization engages the public and elected officials to make a positive impact on street safety in Richmond, VA.

Louise was the 11th speaker we’ve hosted through Active Knox, which is funded through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Health.

If you’d like to receive emails about future events, contact ellen.zavisca@knoxplanning.org

Notice of Public Review: The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announces the beginning of a 30-day review and comment period on its 2020-2023 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announces the beginning of a 30-day review and comment period on its 2020-2023 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  The STIP establishes projects for major construction and Public Transit over the four-year period, which will utilize available and projected Federal funds.

Public Review and Comment Period: Air Quality Conformity Determination on an Amendment to the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization FY 2017 – 2020 Transportation Improvement Program

The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) announces a public review and comment period (June 24, 2019 through July 23, 2019) for an amendment to the FY 2017 – 2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for project #17-2017-057 – Pellissippi Parkway (SR-162) at Oak Ridge Highway (SR-62) (Solway) Interchange. The TPO is soliciting public comments on the Air Quality Conformity Determination made for this amendment. You are invited to comment by phone, email or in-person at 400 Main Street, Suite 403, Knoxville, TN. Additionally, public comments may be made at the TPO Technical Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 held at 9 a.m. in the Small Assembly Room of the City-County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN. Comments can be made to Mike Conger at 865-215-3813 or at Mike.Conger@knoxtpo.org.

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Public Hearing Notice: Proposed Program of Projects

The Executive Board of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) will hold a public hearing at its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 9:00 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 Program of Projects (POP) funded by Fiscal Year 2019 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Transit Grant funds and Section 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities Grant funds.  The City of Knoxville is the official designated recipient of the FTA funds.  The public involvement process, including the times established for public review and for allowing comment on the POP, follows the TPO’s Transportation Improvement Program 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. a

The proposed POP can be viewed on the TPO’s website at www.knoxtrans.org.  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 400 Main Street, Suite 403, Knoxville, TN 37902; or by telephone at (865) 215-2694; or by e-mail at dori.caron@knoxtrans.org.  Comments submitted in advance of the meeting by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 will be read into the minutes at the meeting.

If you need assistance or accommodation for a disability, please contact the TPO and we will be glad to work with you in obliging any reasonable request.  Ph. 215-2694 or dori.caron@knoxtrans.org.

When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Small Assembly Room of the City-County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, Tennessee

Building Safer Streets – Together

A panel of local activists and educators joined us for two Active Knox events on May 23 and 24, 2019, to discuss how communities can collaborate on building more walkable, bikeable places.

We heard from Chris Cherry, a professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UTK, about his work with students and others to add transit benches and create safer street crossings.

Tanisha Baker, College & Career Access Team Leader for Project GRAD and president of Five Points Up, spoke about walkability challenges in East Knoxville, including lack of infrastructure and concerns about crime.

We also heard from Bryan Hill, a certified community planner and the Vision Zero chair for Bike Walk Knoxville’s Advisory Committee, about how other communities are using Vision Zero to collect and share data about traffic safety with the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

The panel shared information with about 40 members of the public on the evening of May 23 at Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue campus. They also appeared before about 30 elected and appointed officials for a lunch at the Knoxville Chamber on May 24.

This panel was the 11th set of events in the Active Knox speaker series, which is funded through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Health.

The speaker series will resume in the fall of 2019. If you’d like to receive emails about the events, email ellen.zavisca@knoxplanning.org.