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How Does Knoxville’s Parking Inventory Compare?

A recent article, “Parking has Eaten American Cities,” compares the amount of land consumed by automobile parking in five U.S. cities.

Intrigued by this work, the TPO wanted to know how Knoxville compares. Staff coordinated with the University of Tennessee – Knoxville to start the project through an undergraduate GIS class. More than 142,000 parking spots were identified after reviewing less than half of off-street parking in the city!

To complete this project, TPO hired Brennan Wilson as an intern to continue counting parking spots and analyze the final data. Brennan graduated from UT – Knoxville in May with a bachelor’s degree in geography. Working in the KGIS database, he is reviewing and counting parking areas and parking lots, developing methods to inventory on-street parking, and developing analyses such as parking per capita and parking per gross floor area on commercial parcels.

“I’m hopeful that my work can help make Knoxville a more environmentally conscious and efficient city while also exploring alternative travel methods,” Brennan said when asked about the project.

We’re looking forward to digging into his findings once the project is complete. We expect that the results will help guide future planning efforts and could eventually change the landscape of our city.

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

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TPO Distributes Funds, Providing Transportation Options to Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

For the past six years, the TPO has distributed 5310 program funding to regional nonprofits and government agencies to enhance mobility options for seniors and persons with disabilities.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) provide funding for the program, and each recipient is required to provide some level of local match. The TPO administers the program by overseeing the application process, distributing funds, and managing follow-up reporting.

Projects selected must be consistent with the goals of the TPO’s Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan, which identifies gaps in services, proposes projects to help fill those gaps, and examines ways services can be coordinated. The application process for the grants is competitive, and final approval is given by the TPO Executive Board.

Though the program is not limited to nonprofits, most of the funding is distributed to local organizations, such as Emory Valley Center, Sertoma Center, Cerebral Palsy Center, and ARC Knox County – Sunshine Industries. The 5310 program allows these groups to purchase vans that are used to transport clients to essential services.

To date, the TPO has helped nonprofits purchase 35 vans or mini-buses in the Knoxville urban area, which covers portions of Knox, Anderson, Blount, Loudon, and Sevier Counties.

The TPO is currently soliciting new projects to be funded.  Applications can be found on the TPO website at www.knoxtrans.org and are due by 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 25, 2019.

Question can be addressed to:

Mr. Doug Burton
Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization
400 Main Street, Suite 403 – Knoxville, TN 37902
865-215-3824 or doug.burton@knoxplanning.org

Event Summary: Seth LaJeunesse

Seth LaJeunesse, Assistant Director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, visited Knoxville for three events on Nov. 27 and 28, 2018, to discuss how we can begin to put an end to traffic deaths.

Seth shared information about how street design, cultural expectations, and individual behavior work together to create safe – or unsafe – streets and communities.

More than 100 people attended the events, which included a workshop for design staff on Nov. 27; a public event that evening; and a lunch presentation before elected and appointed officials at the Knoxville Chamber on Nov. 28.

You can see a video of the public session here.

Seth was the 10th speaker in the Active Knox series, which is funded through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Health.

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