Officials cut ribbon at new Knoxville Transit Center

Officials cut ribbon at new Knoxville Transit Center

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The facility officially opens at 6:00 a.m. Monday. The facility officially opens at 6:00 a.m. Monday.
Canopies cover outdoor waiting areas for passengers. Canopies cover outdoor waiting areas for passengers.

By HARLOW SUMERFORD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning for the new Knoxville Transit Center.

The 108,000 square-foot station is at the edge of downtown at 301 Church Avenue by the intersection with Hall of Fame Drive.

The facility officially opens at 6:00 a.m. Monday. There's an open house on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The transit center has been under construction for the past two years. Officials say 80 percent of the project was federally funded.

It has a bus platform that spans James White Parkway, along with a geothermal heating and cooling system, a green roof, and a solar array.

Escalators take people from the platforms to the lobby inside where there's a help desk, ticket counter, restrooms and top notch technology.

Each bus will have a monitoring device to tell dispatchers where it is. At the station, passengers can follow the tracking system to see where buses are and when they'll arrive.

Officials believe bus travel will increase because of convenience, as a way to save money and to help the environment.

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam says that's why the facility is so important. "What it means for Knoxville is this. It means public transit for those that need it to go to work, or play, or to worship. Hopefully it means addressing our air quality issues."

The station will also serve as a link from East Knoxville to downtown.

The center is operated by Knoxville Area Transit, which runs the city's bus and trolley system.

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