Our office will be closed Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, June 1.
Knoxville-Knox County Planning is soliciting proposals for a consultant team to conduct three transit studies for the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). The TPO is a Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is an independent agency engaged in the performance of meeting the required federal transportation planning regulations for urbanized areas greater than 50,000 population. Knoxville-Knox County Planning provides the professional transportation planning staff for the TPO and acts as the contracting agency for grant-funded projects such as for these transit studies.
The studies are:
- Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) of Knoxville Area Transit (KAT);
- Coordination Study of Knox County CAC Transit, East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) and KAT;
- Urban Area Transit Study that identifies areas that might support higher capacity transit services.
The three studies will be part of one contract with Knoxville-Knox County Planning/TPO. All three studies should be accomplished no more than 12 months after the start of the contract. The KAT COA will be prioritized as the immediate work effort, but the other studies can be worked on in concert with or shortly after depending on the Consultant’s team, capacity, and the agreed-upon final schedule.
Proposals are due on Friday, June 4, 2021 by 4:00 p.m. EST and must be submitted electronically at: https://knoxplanning.org/rfp. Look for the Proposal Submission button on this page.
Anthony Taylor with Slow Roll Twin Cities spoke with our Active Knox audience via Zoom on May 25. Anthony, along with our local panelists, talked about connecting more Black people with bicycling as a way to improve health, community connections, and mobility.
We were joined by two local panelists:
Jalonda Thompson is a local leader with Black Girls Do Bike, which is committed to growing and supporting a community of women of color who share a passion for cycling.
De’Ossie Dingus is director of Alliance House Community Coalition, an organization committed to addressing racism as a public health crisis in the Knoxville community.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will host a Virtual Design public meeting from April 15, 2021, to April 29, 2021, to gather public input on the proposed project in Blount County on SR-162 Ext. (Pellissippi Parkway), from SR-33 to SR-73 (US-321).
The virtual meeting will be open to the public at 8:00 am EST on April 15, 2021 and will close at 10:00 pm EST on April 29, 2021. The website link is: https://gather.cdmsmith.com/v/v8jkyAVO149
More information on the project can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/tdot/projects/projects-region-1/pellissippi.html
The Technical Committee collaborates with staff to provide recommendations to the Executive Board in the development of regional transportation plans and programs.
The Executive Board sets policy and adopts plans and programs. The Board provides a forum for collaboration and decision-making related to regional transportation policy, planning, and funding.
Regularly scheduled meetings of the Technical Committee and the Executive Board are open to the public.
If you are interested in speaking during either meeting about a specific agenda item, email email@example.com no later than noon on the day before the meeting with your full name, phone number, and the agenda item of interest.
Comments on specific agenda items should be submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. the day before the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can watch all meetings live on YouTube.
Our office will be closed Friday, April 2, 2021. We will reopen Monday, April 5.
Angie Schmitt joined Active Knox via Zoom on April 29 to talk about the factors contributing to the increase in pedestrian deaths in the U.S., and what we can do about it.
Angie is the author of Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America, and was the longtime national editor at Streetsblog. Her writing and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and National Public Radio. She is the founder and principal at 3MPH Planning and Consulting, a small firm focused on pedestrian safety.
The Farragut Board of Mayor and Alderman recently held a workshop on pedestrian safety after recognizing problem intersections along Kingston Pike. They also have future plans for a mixed-use town center that they want to be safe and comfortable for people walking. To address these issues, they invited Ellen Zavisca to give a presentation and guide conversation about pedestrian safety in intersection design. You can watch the full presentation below.
An Air Quality Conformity Determination report was prepared to demonstrate that the implementation of projects within Mobility Plan 2045 will conform with the requirements of the Clean Air Act. This ensures that federal funds will not be spent on projects that cause or contribute to any new violations of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS); increase the frequency or severity of NAAQS violations; or delay timely attainments of the NAAQS or any required interim milestone.
A draft of the Air Quality Conformity Report can be viewed and downloaded at www.knoxmobility.org. A copy of the report is also available for review at the TPO office at 400 Main St., Suite 403, Knoxville, TN 39702.
Comments can be submitted through April 7, 2021 to email@example.com, by phone at 865-215-4034, or mailed to the TPO’s address listed above.
Mobility Plan 2045 is our region’s long-range transportation plan. It will guide investments and shape the future of our region for the next 25 years.
The plan is updated every four years to account for changes in community and regional priorities, technology, project costs, and available funding. It allows federal money to be used for transportation projects and ensures that we’re making the best long-term decisions for our residents, employers, and visitors.
Last fall, local jurisdictions submitted applications for all potential transportation projects to be included in Mobility Plan 2045. Projects were selected and prioritized after consideration of both technical analysis and public input. The TPO has released a draft of Mobility Plan 2045 and an accompanying project list for a final round of community input. Comments will be accepted through April 7.