North Broadway Bus Rapid Transit Study

A rendering that was done for one of the three proposed locations (Magnolia Avenue) of what a BRT system could look like.

An editorial published in the Knoxville News Sentinel on June 21, 2016 discussed a $6.4 million grant that the City of Knoxville is applying for from the state.

The funds would be used to install a traffic signal system along Broadway, one of the busiest transit routes in Knoxville. As the City continues to grow, an efficient transportation system is becoming increasingly important to residents, which is why the Knoxville Regional Transportation Organization completed the Knoxville Regional Transit Corridor Study in 2013. Funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and managed by staff of the TPO, the study was conducted by a consultant team led by STV Inc. out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Study examined major corridors in the TPO planning area to determine if any could support higher capacity transit services, selecting projects that could be implemented within the following 10 years using Federal Transit Administration funds. Twelve corridors were identified that warranted analysis, all of which were screened through a two-tier process. Seven corridors advanced to the Tier 2 analysis where a refined set of criteria were used to identify three corridors with the best potential for implementation. It was determined that those three, which included North Broadway, deserved further study for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. A BRT system is most commonly defined as very frequent service, using rubber wheel vehicles, on a dedicated travel lane, with enhanced passenger stations. If a dedicated lane is not possible, BRT vehicles can serve in regular traffic but this causes the service to lose its appeal. Other features, such as signal prioritization or queue jumper lanes, can be provided to improve those services. 

It was determined that the existing mix of commercial, residential, light office, and industrial land uses along North Broadway would make it a viable corridor for implementing a sustainable transit system.  This corridor could utilize in-street BRT and operate in mixed-traffic, implementing signal prioritization or queue jumper lanes at the existing signalized intersections. The curb lane could operate as a BRT and general-purpose travel lane to continue to provide access to various entrances and roadways off Broadway. It was recommended that 12 stations be built along the corridor and eight BRT vehicles be purchased to service the route. At the time of the study, the estimated cost of the high scenario was $86.9 million and the estimated cost of the low scenario was $73.4 million. While the purpose of this study was not to encourage or discourage the use of such a system, it did prove that the North Broadway Corridor was an area that could support it.

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Smart Trips Program Offers Options to City Parking Changes

As of July 1, 2016, several changes related to garage and street parking took effect in certain parts of Knoxville.

With a focus on downtown and Fort Sanders, the City and Public Building Authority (PBA) are increasing enforcement, adjusting rates, and installing new meters. With all of this, monthly parking fees for garage parking will see a slight increase, most meters will have slightly higher fees and now include Saturdays, and there will be more officers to police these changes.

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Transportation Planning Work Program Being Updated

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Draft Update: 2016-2017 Knoxville Regional TPO ̢??‰??Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP)

The TPWP outlines a two year transportation planning work program for the activities undertaken by the TPO and its federal, state and local partners.  It is updated annually and reviewed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.  The Draft FY 2017 TPWP Update is available for review here:  The public is invited to comment by email at contacttpo@knoxplanning.org , by phone at 865-215-2500 or at the TPO Technical Committee meeting on July 12, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Small Assembly Room of the City/County Building, 400 Main St., Knoxville, TN or at the July 27, 2016 TPO Executive Board meeting, also at 9:00 a.m. in the Small Assembly room.

Review the draft in its entirety.

Safety Upgrades Scheduled for Clinton Highway

Updates are scheduled for a 2.6-mile stretch of Clinton Highway from Edgemoor Road to the Knox County line.

This particular section of road is known for its safety issues, with a significant number of wrecks occurring there. Upgrades include resurfacing, a continuous center lane and wider shoulders, and new lane markings to show dedicated passing areas. This project is scheduled for next year, and similar upgrades for Clinton Highway from Clinton to Edgemoor Road are planned for 2018.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, July 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Claxton Community Center, 1150 Edgemoor Road.

Read more about these updates at www.KnoxNews.com

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: www.knoxtrans.org. If you need assistance or accommodation for a disability or would like a printed copy, please contact the TPO at 865-215-2500, contacttpo@knoxplanning.org or at MPC/TPO offices, Suite 403, City-County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN.

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Knoxville TPO Earns Accolades, Approval during Federal Review

The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization is pleased to announce the successful completion of the 2016 Transportation Management Area Certification Review.

Every four years, the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration evaluate the planning process for areas with population over 200,000. The Knoxville review included input from TDOT, Knoxville Area Transit, and TPO’s staff, Technical Committee, and Executive Board and focused on the metropolitan transportation planning process and major federal initiatives.

After an on-site visit that spanned three days and included public meetings and extensive presentations on the work and procedures of the TPO, the Federal Review Team determined that all requirements for certification review had been met.

Going above and beyond basic federal requirements, TPO received praise for their community outreach efforts, multimodal transportation focus, support for livable communities, and technical support to member jurisdictions and communities.

Recommendations for future success include continued consideration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, possibly reestablishing the Planning for Operations Committee, and reexamining the local sponsor project application for certain projects.

For more information on the federal review, please reference FHWA’s presentation and report summary.

Walkability Advocate Returns to Knoxville

Nationally renowned advocate for walkability and health Mark Fenton spoke before a full house of about 70 local leaders in Knoxville on Friday, April 8.

Fenton spoke about the need to improve walkability through quality design of corridors, developments and communities. Community design can promote walking and physical activity in ways that encouragement and other health messages can't, Fenton told the group.

View Mark's presentation

Fenton spoke before an audience made up of elected officials, planning commissioners from around the region, local government staff, and walkability advocates at Knoxville Station Transit Center. He then led a walk audit with about 40 participants along nearby streets to discuss how improvements could be made to make walking a safer and more attractive transportation option. 

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

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.

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