Commuter program announced

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Commuter program announced

Posted: 09/30/2004
The City of Knoxville and Knox County today announced a model "Smart Trips" program to help employees find alternatives to driving alone.

Many East Tennesseans cite convenience as the reasons so many of them drive alone to and from work. Driving alone, however, contributes to air pollution, traffic congestion and parking hassles.

"This program is one way we can set a positive example and show the region that other transportation options that exist," said Mayor Haslam. "This program is good for the environment, good for individuals, and good for our economy."

"The Smart Trips program will help our employees find carpools, bus routes, priority carpool parking as well as biking and walking alternatives," Mayor Ragsdale said. "This will allow them to become part of the solution - and save money doing it."

The national average for driving alone is 78 percent. A recent survey showed that county and city employees drive to and from work 90 percent of the time.

"That means that, on average, they're spending about $3,000 per year to drive alone to work," said Clark Miller, Smart Trips Employer Outreach Coordinator. "We can help them reduce that expense dramatically."

City and county employees who register with Smart Trips can receive a special carpool parking spot in the City County Building and free Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) bus passes will also be available. Participants can qualify for other incentives such as drawings for merchandise, dinners for two and tickets to cultural events. County employees can also earn points in the Bright Start wellness program.

To enroll, City and County employees call the Smart Trips office at 215-2916 or visit the Smart Trips web site at https://knoxsmarttrips.org/.

The City-County program was developed after a survey of employees conducted by the local Smart Trips office.

Other organizations that have agreed to conduct an initial employee survey are Covenant Health, Bell South, TVA, UT Medical Center and SAIC in Oak Ridge.

Smart Trips is currently surveying all UT/Knoxville staff, faculty and students living off campus to determine transportation habits and openness to transportation alternatives.

Funded by the US Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Smart Trips is staffed by the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization.