Call for projects: Transportation Alternatives funding

The TPO is seeking projects for Transportation Alternatives funding.

This federal funding source typically goes toward projects and programs to improve the safety of people walking and bicycling. The TPO receives about $750,000 in TA funding annually. However, more costly projects may be submitted for TA funding, as the TPO has other funding that can be added to projects that are selected for funding. A minimum 20 percent local match is required. 

The Federal Highway Administration has additional information on the TA program, including what types of projects and programs are eligible for funding, and who may receive funding. 

If a local government has submitted a project in 2016 for the TPO Mobility Plan update, they do not need to submit an application for TA funding. They can simply inform TPO staff that they would like the project considered for TA funding. 

The application is available in two formats:

Applications/notifications are due July 13 at 5 p.m. to

New Report Forecasts 300,000 Population Growth – Long-Range Plan Prepares for Change

Annual Report Highlights Transportation Strategies and Projects to Grow Prosperity in East Tennessee

The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) recently published the State of Transportation in East Tennessee 2015 Annual Report. Providing insight into the work of the TPO and who is involved, the report gives an overview of the region’s network of road, transit, biking, and pedestrian options. It also looks at factors that drive the needs for investment in the system – factors like population growth, demand for housing, new employment centers, and shifting trends in travel choices. Here are a few specifics:

  • 300,000 new residents and 240,000 new jobs by 2040
  • Area residents say maintaining and fixing existing roads and bridges is the highest priority for the future
  • Nearly half of the region’s workers commute across county lines, with the average commute being 32.8 miles per day
  • 84.5% of commuters in our region drive alone to work
  • The average household in our region spends 32% of their income on transportation, compared to 18% nationally
  • The Knoxville region was the first to be re-designated an “Attainment Area” by EPA for the 2008 Ozone Standard

TPO staff are currently working on the 2017 update for the Mobility Plan 2040, and the State of Transportation report lends the facts and figures needed to prepare that plan. Updated every four years, the Mobility Plan is the region’s long-range plan calling for stronger connections between regional and local transportation investments, development, and land use. The region is expected to have 300,000 new residents and 240,000 new jobs by 2040; if current development trends continue, only about one in seven households will be within walking distance to transit, and very few new neighborhoods, shopping centers, and workplaces will be walkable.

It’s obvious that changes are coming as the region grows, and how we prepare for those changes is key to maintaining our great quality of life. TPO has been working closely with local communities, receiving input from residents, stakeholders, and elected officials to guide decision-making as the plan progresses. This ensures the plan is one that supports strategies and projects that will bring greater prosperity to East Tennessee for future generations.

Find out more about the 2015 Annual Report and the Mobility Plan 2040 as it continues to develop.

Bike Month Success

May was National Bike Month, and Knoxville’s participation showed how eager the community is to continue growing its bike culture.

There were activities throughout the month with various events, rides, and classes that celebrated all kinds of people who ride bicycles. Several local businesses also contributed to the momentum by offering a discount to anyone displaying their I Bike KNX helmet sticker throughout the month.

Pedal along for more

Public Review and Comment Period: Air Quality Conformity Determination

June 9, 2016 – June 22, 2016

The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) announces a 14-day public review and comment period for amendments to the 2014 – 2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Projects #2014-084 (Relocated Alcoa Hwy. (SR-115/US-129), Construct New 4-Lane from SR-162 (Pellissippi Pkwy) to South Singleton Station Rd) and #2014-085 (Western Ave (SR-62), Widen from 2 lanes to 5 lanes). The TPO is soliciting public comments on the Air Quality Conformity Determination made for these amendments. You are invited to comment by phone, email or during the TPO Technical Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, or at the TPO Executive Board meeting on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.  Both meetings are held at 9 a.m. in the Small Assembly Room of the City-County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN.  

The Air Quality Conformity Determination Report is available on the TPO website at: If you need assistance or accommodation for a disability or would like a printed copy, please contact the TPO at 865-215-2500, or at MPC/TPO offices, Suite 403, City-County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN.

Learn more. Read the full report.

Walkability Advocate Returns to Knoxville

Nationally renowned advocate for walkability and health Mark Fenton returns to Knoxville on Friday, April 8, for a walkability workshop and walk audit. 

At the Friday morning walkability workshop at Knoxville Station Transit Center, Fenton will engage an invited regional audience in a discussion of the impact of pedestrian infrastructure on the health and economy of a city. In the audience will be elected and appointed officials from around the Knoxville region, as well as local government staff and walkability advocates.

Following the workshop, Fenton will lead workshop attendees on a “walk audit,” in which he will lead the group around the Civic Coliseum and Hall of Fame Drive areas to strategize pedestrian improvements that would encourage more walkability and business development.

The TPO, along with the City of Knoxville and the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission, are sponsoring the walkability workshop.

TN Bike Summit in Chattanooga this Year

The 2016 TN Bike Summit on April 22-23 in Chattanooga, TN will feature presentations and workshops focussed on three broad topics: Public Health, Bicycle Tourism, and Infrastructure and Policy.

Our keynote lineup features nationally renowned speakers from across the country, and the breakout presentations will feature transportation professionals, officials, and advocates from across all sectors of Tennessee's bicycling ecosystem.

Day 1:

Public Health and Bicycle Tourism

Day 2:

Infrastructure and Policy.

Register today

Public Meeting Notice: Street Widening Project (Knox County SR-71 Chapman Hwy)

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will host a Design Public Meeting on Thursday April 21, 2016 to gather public input on the Knox County SR-71 (Chapman Hwy) widening project from south of Simpson Road to Hendron Chapel Road.  

View the location map

The meeting will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the following location:

Valley Grove Baptist Church
9000 Sevierville Pike
Knoxville, TN 37920

The meeting is being held to provide the public an opportunity to provide comments regarding this proposed widening project. Representatives of TDOT will be available to provide information on various aspects of this proposed project.

General questions

Anyone with questions regarding the meeting should contact:

Eric Wilson

Project Development, Region 1
TN Department of Transportation
7345 Region Lane
Knoxville, TN 37914

Contact Eric:

Phone: (865) 594-0742
Fax: (865) 594-2441

Special requirements or disabilities

Persons with a disability, who require aids or services to participate at the meeting, may contact Ms. Margaret Mahler no less than ten (10) days prior to the date of the meeting:

Ms. Margaret Mahler

ADA Compliance
Tennessee Department of Transportation
Suite 400, James K. Polk Building
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243

Contact Margaret

Phone: (615) 741-4984
Fax: (615) 532-5995
TTY Relay: (615) 253-8311

Oral/written statements

A court reporter will be available to receive oral statements to be included in the project transcript.  In addition, comment sheets will be available for those who prefer to make written statements.  Written statements and other exhibits to be included in the project transcript may be submitted within twenty-one (21) days after the meeting date to the following address:

Project Comments

Tennessee Department of Transportation
Suite 700, James K. Polk Building
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-0332

TDOT is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, religion, color, disability or national origin.