Looking for the best way to get to the game on Thursday, September 1? Knoxville Area Transit has some options laid out for you.
Because the game is occurring during KAT’s weekday service, the normal KAT football shuttle service will be very condensed and limited. The City of Knoxville is encouraging the use of KAT’s regular bus system to reach UT, and a set of easy-to-follow guides are available for those traveling in to The University of Tennessee from various directions. These guides include:
- The West Route (Kingston Pike)
- The Northwest Route (Clinton Highway/Central Avenue)
- The North Route (Broadway)
- The East Route (Magnolia Avenue)
- The South Route (Chapman Highway)
These one-page guides available in the links above and also in printed form at Knoxville Station Transit Center.
“We have created these one-page guides to make it really easy for anyone new to transit in Knoxville, and we have included information on fares, schedules, and stops,” says Dawn Distler, Director of Transit for the City of Knoxville. “Our bus operators know to look for new faces along the routes – likely dressed in orange – and to help get them to the game, and we have staff who will be available to assist all of our passengers after the game as well.”
In addition to the fixed route service, limited football shuttles will be offered from the Civic Coliseum Garage on Hall of Fame Drive at Howard Baker, Jr. Blvd, as well as shuttle service from the Old City on Jackson. Shuttles begin at 4:30 p.m. Cost for a shuttle wristband is $6 per person round-trip, but wait times for shuttles may be longer than normal. In addition to purchasing wristbands at the two shuttle locations, wristbands are available for purchase ahead of time at Knoxville Station’s Customer Service Counter, and the counter will remain open until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday to sell shuttle wristbands and provide information on regular route options to and from the game. Wristbands are good not only on shuttle services but also on all regular, fixed route buses on Thursday.
NOTE: All downtown trolley services will be suspended at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1 due to the game.
“Given the additional congestion for Thursday’s home game, we hope that fans will try transit,” says Distler. “It’s going to be a great way to get there.”