Our friends at Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) celebrated Try Transit Week from July 11-16. It was a full week with KAT’s scheduled activities, including lunch with Mayor Rogero, a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new East Superstop on Kirkwood Street, neighborhood group rides to the Saturday Market Square Famers’ Market, and more. Each day’s event targeted different groups, but one common message throughout the week was the promotion of their new Google trip planning system that allows riders to find a route based on location, departure and arrival times, and other options. On Free Rides Friday, fares were waived all day and buses were packed with both veteran and first time riders who wanted to explore the transit system and its routes.
In addition to KAT’s schedule, Smart Trips encouraged users to make their workplace commutes via transit that week. We recognized our long-time transit users who accumulated enough points to reach bronze, silver, or gold status over the lifetime of their Smart Trips account. We also set up two drawings for everyone who rode and logged that week. The first drawing was for anyone who logged a bus or trolley commute on the Smart Trips website during the week. The second was for anyone who logged their first transit commute that week.
By the end of the week, we had 3 gold, 9 silver, and 11 bronze level transit commuters, each of whom will receive a prize for their dedication to the program and making green commutes. Also, Brad Fowler won a prize for logging his bus commute, and Robert Cornett won for logging his first ever bus commute.
We were thrilled to see so many people log transit commutes that week – a total of 171 trips were recorded. More impressive than the number of trips taken was the $143, 38 gallons of fuel, and 745 pounds of greenhouse gases that were saved by our commuters who chose to ride the bus! Thanks to everyone who used transit that week and for proving how vital transit is to a successful city!