Knoxville Area Transit

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Knoxville Area Transit
Knoxville Area Transit logo.png
Slogan Ride For Change
Founded 1967
Headquarters 301 Church Avenue
Locale Knoxville, TN
Service area Knox County, Tennessee, United States of America
Service type transit bus, paratransit
Routes 25
Fleet 80
Annual ridership 3.6 million per year
Fuel type Gasoline,Diesel
Operator Amalgamated Transit Union local #1164.
Chief executive Dawn Distler, Director

Knoxville Area Transit, commonly referred to as KAT, is the operator of public transportation in Knox County, Tennessee. Twenty five routes operate. Service on KAT routes operate weekdays and Saturdays with route 11,22,31 and 41 offering Sunday service. All routes except for routes 10,16,19,43,44,51 and 90 start at the Knoxville Station in Downtown. Knoxville Trolley Lines is a free shuttle service which provides service to the university and the downtown area.[1] KAT formerly operated the transit service for the University of Tennessee, known as The T.[2]


Public transportation in Knoxville dates back to 1876 when the first street cars of the Knoxville Street Railway Company were pulled by horses and mules along tracks on Gay Street. Knoxville's transit system has come a long way since; other dates of note are listed below: 1890 Knoxville Streetcars are converted from animal to electric power. The first electric streetcar ran from Gay Street to Lake Ottosee (now Chilhowee Park). 1910: Knoxville had 42 miles of track and was carrying 11 million passengers per year. 1929: The first buses were used, serving on feeder routes for the streetcar system. 1947: Electric streetcars made their last run in Knoxville on August 1. 1958: Bus service was first added to the University of Tennessee. 1972: The first air-conditioned GMC buses arrived in Knoxville. 1989: K-Trans moved into a new facility on Magnolia Avenue. 1995: K-Trans became Knoxville Area Transit (KAT). 2003: KAT began Clean Fuels Program with propane-powered vehicles. 2004: KAT named APTA's North American Transit System of the Year 2010: KAT begins operating out of the John J. Duncan, Jr. Knoxville Station, a brand-new, state-of-the-art, LEED-certified transit center.


Regular Knoxville area routes[edit]

  • 11 Kingston Pike*
  • 12 Western Avenue-7 day service to begin August 24,2015.
  • 13 Beaumont. Proposed for Saturday service on may3 2916
  • 16 Cedar Bluff Connector
  • 17 Sutherland/Bearden
  • 19 Lakeshore/Lonas connecter
  • 20 Central Avenue-7 day service to begin August 24,2015.
  • 21 Lincoln Park
  • 22 Broadway*
  • 23 Millertown Pike
  • 24 Inskip/Breda Road
  • 30 Parkridge
  • 31 Magnolia Avenue*
  • 32 DandridgeAvenue
  • 33 MLK Jr Avenue
  • 34 Burlington
  • 40 South Knoxville
  • 41 Chapman Highway*
  • 42 Ft Sanders/UT Hospital
  • 43 University Heights Apartments
  • 44 Gateway Apartments
  • 45 Vestal
  • 51 Football Shuttle

@*90 Crosstown connecter serves east and west

  • -these routes offer 7 day service.@2 connections route

Knoxville Trolley Lines[edit]

  • Downtown Loop-Designated Route 81
  • Gay Street Line-Designated route 84
  • Vol Line-Designated route 89

Vol serves university commons

Discontinued Routes[edit]

  • 10 seqoyah hills connecter
  • 14 College Street
  • 15 West Town Direct
  • 18 West Shopping Bus
  • 50C UT-Off Campus Housing
  • 56 The Woodlands Apts
  • 57 Quarry Trail Apts
  • 100 Halls Express
  • 101 Ceder Bluff Express
  • 102 Farragut Express
  • 103 Oak Ridge Express
  • 104 Downtown/Oak Ridge Express

The Lift[edit]

KAT offers Paratransit LIFT service for those persons who are unable to use regular fixed-route buses. The LIFT is by reservation only, and you must be certified by KAT to use the service.


The current fleet of buses includes Gillig LF 35 and 40 foot plus Chance Opus 30 and 35 foot. In addition, KAT uses Ford E350 or Ford E450 vans where a bus cannot fit. In January 2014, KAT began operating 3 40 foot Gillig LF That are hybrid electric.


    Number       Model                           Foot
     31-40      Gillig Trolley.                  40'
    150-153     Ford E350
    321-326     Ford E350.
    702-720     Chance Opus                      30'
    931-937     Chance Opus                      35'
   1500-1505    Ford E350.
   2001-2010.   Ford E450.
   3001-3007    Ford E350
   4001-4026    Gillig LF                        35'
   5001-5008    Gillig LF                        40'
   5009-5011    Gillig LF Hybrid Electric.       40'


KAT buses operate normally 6 days a week from about 530am till 845 pm. Route 11,22,31 and 41 currently offer 7 day service.Beginning on August 24, Route 12 and 20 will also offer 7 day service. KAT does not operate on the following holidays: New Years Day,Independence Day,Thanksgiving and Christmas. Saturday Schedule is in effect on Martin Luther King Day,Memorial Day,Labor Day, Day after Christmas and Day after Thanksgiving.

Future Order[edit]

KAT will be ordering new buses once the 700 series and 900 series reach 300,00 miles.