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.
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
Our office will be closed Friday, April 2, 2021. We will reopen Monday, April 5.
Mobility Plan 2045 is the region’s long-range transportation plan that 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.
The plan tries to determine the best ways to continue building prosperity and maintaining a high quality of life for all those in our region. To do this, we must find ways to make our transportation system safer and more efficient, improve the health of our residents and reduce air pollution, improve links among transportation, infrastructure and development, and provide equal access to benefits and opportunities. Digging into these issues allows us to prioritize transportation projects that accommodate all modes with a variety of different project types.
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.
The draft plan is available at knoxmobility.org and the interactive map can be found at maps.knoxmpc.org/app/mobility. The map allows users to zoom in to any county within the TPO planning area and filter projects by mode to see those directly affecting them. It also allows users to submit comments on projects straight from the map.
To provide more information about the draft plan, and to give community members an opportunity to speak to staff about specific topics and projects, a series of virtual meetings has been scheduled throughout the month of March. Transportation Tuesdays will be hosted during lunch for three Tuesdays in the month, and each will focus on a different theme relating to the plan. There will also be two Virtual Town Hall events held at the end of the month. These will allow participants to move into breakout rooms organized by county to find out more about specific projects that are important to them. Finally, the regularly scheduled TPO Technical Committee and Executive Board Meetings will be open to the public.
Tuesday, March 9, 12:00 p.m. – Mobility Plan 2045 Overview
Tuesday, March 16, 12:00 p.m. – Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Transit
Tuesday, March 23, 12:00 p.m. – Streets and Highways
Virtual Town Halls:
Thursday, March 25, 12:00 p.m. – County specific project overview
Thursday, March 25, 5:00 p.m. – County specific project overview
Regularly Scheduled Meetings:
Tuesday, March 9, 9:00 a.m. – TPO Technical Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 24, 9:00 a.m. – TPO Executive Board Meeting
Registration links are available at knoxmobility.org.
Community input helped TPO staff determine the final project list, and staff wants to ensure residents are aware of the final steps of adopting the plan. Once the plan is adopted by the Executive Board, many of these projects will start to move through the development process, but that does not mean that residents have missed their opportunity to make a difference. It is important that community members stay engaged throughout the life a project because their continued input can have a big impact in shaping details of how a project unfolds.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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.
The TPO will be closed Monday, January 18, in observance of MLK Jr. Day. Our office will reopen Tuesday, January 19.