Call for Projects: FTA Transit Funding

The TPO is soliciting projects to be funded through the FTA Section 5310-Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. 

Projects can include both operating services and vehicle purchases.  Non-profits who serve the elderly or persons who are disabled may be eligible to apply for funding for vans or mini-buses to serve their clients.  Projects are selected through a competitive process.  The TPO Executive Board determines final awards.  Funding is through the Knoxville Knox County Planning, the contracting agency for the TPO.      

Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 26, 2021. 

Applications and/or questions should be sent to:
Mr. Doug Burton
Knoxville Regional TPO
400 Main Street, Suite 403 – Knoxville, TN 37902
865-215-3824 or doug.burton@knoxtpo.org

Check this site frequently for updates.

Public Notice: 2021 Transit Program of Projects (POP)

The proposed Program of Projects (POP) is a list of projects by each agency receiving Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 and Section 5339 funding.  For FY2021 Knoxville Area Transit (KAT), Knox County CAC Transit, and the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) received funding.  Interested persons, agencies, and private transportation providers are encouraged to review and comment on the POP.  To be mailed or faxed a copy of the POP, or to provide comments contact Doug Burton at the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) 400 Main Street, Suite 403, Knoxville, TN 37902 or at (865) 215-3824 or at doug.burton@knoxtpo.org.  Comments must be submitted by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 to be read during the meeting.   

The City of Knoxville is the Designated Recipient of the FTA funds.  The times established for public review and for allowing comment on the POP follow the Knoxville Reginal TPO’s Transportation Improvement Program public involvement process.  Witten and, if possible, oral comments will be allowed on the proposed POP.  If there are no changes, the POP will be considered final.   

The POP Public Hearing will be conducted in conjunction with the TPO Executive Board meeting.  Due to social-distancing safeguards to protect from the COVID-19 threat, the TPO Executive Board meeting on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. will be held electronically.  This includes the Public Hearing on the proposed FY2021 POP. The meeting will use the Zoom video-conferencing platform.  Further information will be on the TPO website, so check frequently for updates.

If you wish to make a public comment at the POP Public Hearing, live during the Executive Board meeting, please request access by contacting Laura Edmonds at laura.edmonds@knoxplanning.org or at 865-215-2506.  As part of your request please provide your full name, email address, and indicate you wish to comment on the POP.  Request must be submitted by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.  Once a request is received, you will be sent an email invitation that will include a Zoom link that will enable you to connect to the meeting.

If you are unable to participate during the live meeting and you want to provide a public comment on the POP, you can do so in advance.  Please send your comments to Laura Edmonds or Doug Burton at the contact information above.  Clearly indicate your comments are on the POP and include your full name and email address.  Comments received will be read into the record during the live meeting.  Comments must be submitted no later than 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.  If you only want to view the meeting and do not want to make a public comment, you can watch the meeting both live and recorded on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/c/knoxvilleknoxcountyplanning/featured

Proposed POP 

RFP – Transit Planning as a Service (SaaS)

Knoxville Knox County Planning in cooperation with Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) seeks Proposals for the provision of transit planning web-based Software as a Service (SaaS) to assist in planning and analyzing transit and other types of transportation planning efforts for the Knoxville metropolitan planning area. 

Broadway Pedestrian Road Safety Assessment Available

In September of 2020, staff from multiple agencies met virtually for a two-day review of pedestrian safety issues along the North Broadway corridor in Knoxville. The TPO’s analysis of pedestrian and bicycle crashes in the region had helped to identify the 1-mile section of Broadway from Hall of Fame Drive to Fairmont Boulevard as a hotspot for traffic crashes involving people walking.

This screenshot from the TPO’s public map shows the cluster of pedestrian-related crashes along this section of Broadway.

The result of these meetings is a Pedestrian Road Safety Assessment Report that is now available for review.

The report outlines near-term, intermediate, and long-term actions that can help increase the safety of people walking along and across this section of Broadway.

Near-term recommendations include:

  • Refresh pavement markings and install crosswalks at new locations.
  • Landscape vegetation that is obscuring pedestrian visibility.
  • Review of intersection signal timing for consideration of protected left turn phasing, right turn on red prohibitions, and other improvements to reduce vehicle turning conflicts.
  • Install pedestrian signal heads at signalized intersections and include a lead pedestrian interval (LPI) at those locations with frequent turning vehicle conflicts. Pedestrian signal heads with countdown timers can reduce pedestrian crashes by 25 percent, and LPIs can reduce pedestrian crashes by 13 percent.

Intermediate recommendations include:

  • Incorporate coordinated signal phasing in the Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) plan.
  • Pursue access management improvements to consolidate curb cuts and improve vehicular and pedestrian safety. Begin with temporary measures such as curb stops and flexible delineators.
  • Modify intersection geometry to reduce the speed of turning vehicles. These could include reducing turning radii to slow the speed of right turns and hardening center lines to slow left turns. Begin with temporary measures such as flexible delineators, bollards, and pavement markings.
  • Improve transit stop infrastructure for those locations with higher ridership to include benches and shelters.

Long-term recommendations include:

  • Continue access management and intersection geometric improvements by hardscaping temporary improvements and continuing sidewalks across driveway entrances.

Agencies involved in the process were the TPO, City of Knoxville, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Bike Walk Knoxville and a consultant team hired through FHWA.

COVID-19 Updates

Our goal is to continue providing service to the public while creating a safe environment. Because of this, we have limited staff on the premises during this time. We continue to encourage our partners to consider using alternate methods of conducting business whenever possible.

*These measures were crafted with guidance from the City of Knoxville, Knox County, and the Knox County Health Department. Planning and the TPO will continue to operate by these standards during Phase 2 of their joint strategy for phased reopening, which has been extended until April 30, 2021. If certain COVID-19 case metrics fail to meet standards, that period may be extended further. Planning and the TPO will employ an equally flexible time frame for our Phase 3 operations.

All Public Meetings to be Held Electronically
Governor Lee signed Executive Order Number 71, allowing government agencies to hold public meetings electronically until February 27. In accordance with this, all TPO related public meetings will continue to be held electronically until further notice.
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March TPO Meetings

  • Both the TPO Technical Committee (2/9) and TPO Executive Board (2/24) meetings will be held electronically.

Please refer to the following information for future meetings.

  • Board members will connect remotely. We want to make sure everyone interested can access the meeting. If you are interested in watching the meeting, it will be available via CTV and YouTube.
  • Comments on specific agenda items should be submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. the day before the meeting to laura.edmonds@knoxplanning.org.
  • If you are interested in speaking during the meeting about a specific agenda item, email us at laura.edmonds@knoxplanning.org no later than noon on the day before the meeting with your full name, phone number, and the agenda item of interest.

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Despite our new methods for conducting business, we assure you that we will continue to work with our partners and serve our planning area through this challenging time. Please check this page for more information in the weeks to come. It will continue to be updated as processes change.

Title VI Report Available

As the recipient of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding, the TPO is required to prepare a Title VI Report every three years. Knoxville-Knox County Planning (Planning) provides staff and is the contracting agency for the TPO. For this report, both entities (Planning and TPO) are referenced and are considered one-in-the-same. While the TPO is required to follow Title VI regulations with all sources of federal transportation funding, this report specifically covers FTA funding. The TPO Executive Board will vote to approve the Title VI Report at their meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. If you have any comments or questions please contact Doug Burton at 865-215-3824 or doug.burton@knoxtpo.org. Any official comment should be submitted by Tuesday, November 24th by 2:00 p.m.

2020 Title VI Report