Some of the city's busiest bus routes are adding 15-minute service during peak hours.
The move will cut wait times for riders using Knoxville Area Transit buses from a half hour along Kingston Pike, Broadway and Magnolia Avenue.
The Knoxville Transportation Authority approved the route changes unanimously in its Thursday board meeting at the City County Building.
Lowered wait times weren't all the changes. The authority stopped a longtime route familiar to many University of Tennessee students and alumni over a decade: The T.
The T route fell without a sound. Nobody signed up to speak in a public hearing on the changes. A private contractor will take on the campus routes once the T stops at the end of May.
A $50 unlimited-ride student pass also will be eliminated.
Students used to riding KAT buses to campus will be able to get a student fare — $90 for unlimited rides over 130 days. After January 2014, that will increase to $130 for 130 days. And it will be open to students at other schools.
"The proposed semester pass, we have had great feedback from the campus community," said Mark Hairr, a KTA commissioner and parking and transit services director at UT.
The bus system also added a 20 single-ride pass for $25, available to anyone.
Other changes included 30-minute service on stops along Chapman Highway, down from the current 60-minute service, and a new route for the area.
The changes were part of a route overhaul called Katamorphosis 2.0, introduced through numerous public meetings over the past year.
"About the same time we learned of losing the UT service, we learned of some increased federal funds coming to the area," said Cindy McGinnis, general manager of KAT.
Other changes to the city's bus system include weekday 30-minute service on Sutherland Avenue stops, lowered from 60 minutes. And there will be weekday 30-minute service on Central Street and Clinton Highway, lowered from 60-minute waits.
For more information, call 865-637-3000 or visit katbus.com
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