KAT has announced a return to charging fares, but with a new, temporary reduced fare structure that provides COVID recovery and relief from the economic impacts of the pandemic.
The new temporary fare structure, effective on Monday, February 1, 2021, is intended not only to provide some economic relief, but to also streamline passenger boardings, making them faster and limiting interactions between bus operators and passengers for improved safety. The base fare will change from the previous fare of $1.50 down to $1.00. Seniors, passengers with disabilities, and students K-12 (SDS) will have a base fare of $0.50 (previously $0.75).
|FARE TYPE||NEW TEMPORARY FARE||PREVIOUS FARE|
|One Ride/Base Fare||$1.00 (Regular)/ $0.50 (SDS)||$1.50 (Regular) /$0.75 (SDS)|
|Day Pass||$2.00 (Regular) / $1.00 (SDS)||$4.00 (Regular) / $2.00 (SDS)|
|30-Day Pass||$30.00 (Regular) / $15.00 (SDS)||$50.00 (Regular) / $25.00 (SDS)|
|20-Ride Pass||$15.00 (Regular) / $7.50 (SDS)||$25.00 (Regular) / $12.50 (SDS)|
|Semester Pass||$130 (remains the same)||$130|
|Lift Paratransit Ride||$2.00||$3.00|
“This new fare structure will help provide relief to working families as they recover from the economic challenges of the pandemic,” says Isaac Thorne, Director of Transit for the City of Knoxville. “We have been very fortunate to have the support of the City of Knoxville along with federal COVID relief funding which allowed for us to operate fare-free, improving safety and reducing close interactions on our buses. With the new streamlined temporary fare structure, we hope to continue operating safely while re-implementing our fare system.”
“It’s been the perfect storm,” says Thorne. “But, we are hopeful that this new fare structure, along with promising news of the vaccine will begin to bring KAT back to a more normal operating system.”