Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Global Climate Change Impacts in U.S.

"This web page will introduce and lead you through the content of the most comprehensive and authoritative report of its kind that summarizes the science and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It focuses on climate change impacts in different regions of the U.S. (see here for Southeast) and on various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water, agriculture, and health."
Not to sound like the preview for the latest Michael Bay movie, but the report lists the following key issues in the Southeast:
Projected increases in air and water temperatures will cause heat-related stresses for people, plants, and animals.
Effects of increased heat include more heat-related illness; declines in forest growth and agricultural crop production due to the combined effects of heat stress and declining soil moisture; declines in cattle production; increased buckling of pavement and railways; and reduced oxygen levels in streams and lakes, leading to fish kills and declines in aquatic species diversity.
Decreased water availability is very likely to affect the region’s economy as well as its natural systems.
Sea-level rise and the likely increase in hurricane intensity and associated storm surge will be among the most serious consequences of climate change.
Ecological thresholds are likely to be crossed throughout the region, causing major disruptions to ecosystems and to the benefits they provide to people.
Quality of life will be affected by increasing heat stress, water scarcity, severe weather events, and reduced availability of insurance for at-risk properties.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

EPA grant to TDOT will reduce idling at TN truck stops

Governor Bredesen Announces EPA Recovery Act Grant Award to Tennessee
Grant Will Fund Efforts to “Electrify” Truck Stops Across Tennessee

NASHVILLE – Governor Bredesen announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency has selected the Tennessee Department of Transportation to receive a $2 million American Reinvestment and Recovery Act discretionary grant to begin equipping truck stops across the state with truck stop electrification (TSE) technology. Truck stop electrification systems provide heating and cooling for sleeper cab compartments and power to run electrical appliances, such as computers and microwaves. TSE systems also allow trucks outfitted with on-board equipment to "plug in" to operate necessary systems without idling the engine.

“To help improve highway safety, truck drivers are required to rest for 10 hours after driving 11 hours, and trucks idling for extended periods impact air quality and can be costly for their drivers,” said Bredesen. “The electrification infrastructure that will be installed through this Recovery Act grant will allow truck drivers across Tennessee to reduce diesel emissions, save money and remain comfortable when resting.”

The project titled, “Reducing Idling Emissions from Heavy-Duty Diesel Trucks: Tennessee's Green Corridor Approach to Truck Stop Electrification,” was one of 99 projects in the southeast submitted to EPA for Recovery Act discretionary grant funds to improve air quality. The project will also save trucking companies the cost of fuel that would be used when idling. The EPA estimates that annual fuel savings could exceed $3,240 per truck parking space.

"This grant is a great investment in environmental protection and will provide long-term economic benefits for Tennessee," said Stan Meiburg, EPA Acting Regional Administrator in Atlanta. "This funding will go a long way in helping to bolster the economy and protect public health and the environment by creating green jobs that improve air quality."

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that approximately 5,000 truck stops in the United States offer parking and other services, including fueling stations, restaurants, stores, and showers. The Recovery Act grant award will allow TDOT to solicit competitive grant applications from truck stop companies to purchase and install TSE technology at truck parking spaces at 6-10 truck stops along Tennessee’s interstate corridors.

“Avoiding unnecessary engine idling is a simple, practical way to protect air quality, especially for large diesel trucks, because it saves fuel and money, and reduces harmful emissions,” said TDOT Commissioner Nicely. “This project is another step toward achieving cleaner transportation in Tennessee, and we look forward to partnering with truck stops across the state to provide truckers with another practical option to reduce engine idling and save money.”

To prepare their applications, truck stops will seek bids from TSE technology vendors. Truck stops may request up to 100 percent funding, although adding match dollars will strengthen their application. Grant selection criteria will include the truck stop’s proximity to areas with large volumes of diesel trucks, cost-effectiveness in terms of average cost per TSE parking space, the match (if any) provided by the company, amenities offered by the truck stop to attract truckers, the quality of the truck stop marketing plan, willingness to establish idle-free zones at the truck stop, and ease of access from the interstate.

The request for truck stop applications will be published in early July and will allow about 60 days for the preparation of applications. Information on the program will be posted on the TDOT website at www.Tennessee.gov/tdot/recovery.

Smart Trips in the news

Green Commutes Growing in June 30 Knoxville News Sentinel business section

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009


Thanks to Ellen Zavisca for sharing this excerpt:

Improve Livability and Environmental Sustainability of Communities

Providing transportation choices and creating livable communities is essential to improving mobility for all users and ensuring that the transportation system enhances our quality of life. Expanding access to sustainable modes of transportation, and incorporating long-term mobility needs into the community planning process will yield significant benefits for public health and the environment.

To provide national leadership for the creation of livable communities and the developmentof sustainable transportation choices, the Surface Transportation Authorization Act creates an Office of Livability within the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of DOT.

The Office of Livability will establish a focal point within FHWA to advance environmentally sustainable modes of transportation, including transit, walking, and bicycling. This Office will encourage integrated planning, linking land use and transportation planning, to support the creation of livable communities. To ensure that roadways are built with the needs of all users in mind, the Surface Transportation Authorization Act requires that States and metropolitan regions consider comprehensive street design principles. Comprehensive street design takes into account the needs of all users, including motorists, motorcyclists, transit riders, cyclists, pedestrians, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities. Comprehensive street design principles are not prescriptive,do not mandate any particular design elements, and result in greatly varied facilities depending on the specific needs of the community in which they are located.

The Surface Transportation Authorization Act transforms the current transportation
planning process by linking transportation planning with greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The Environmental Protection Agency, in consultation with DOT, will establish national transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. DOT, under the existing transportation planning process, will require States and metropolitan regions to develop surface transportation-related greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and incorporate strategies to meet these targets into their transportation plans. DOT, through performance measures, will verify that States and metropolitan areas achieve progress towards national transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions reduction

CAC's Volunteer Assisted Transportation

This from Warren Secrest at CAC's Office on Aging:
VOLUNTEER ASSISTED TRANSPORTATION - Provides accessible and affordable transportation to Knox County seniors and persons with disabilities who require assistance to travel safely. Transportation is provided by screened and trained volunteer drivers in agency-owned vehicles. Volunteers provide reasonable, non-medical assistance to riders throughout their trips. Riders may request transportation and assistance to medical appointments, shopping, essential errands, as well as social and recreational trips. Ride availability is based on volunteer driver availiability. In-county fare: $3.00 one-way or $6.00 roundtrip. Out of county fares will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Sliding scale fares availiable. Donations accepted. Application required to determine rider eligibility.

Warren Secrest
CAC Office on Aging
Volunteer Assisted Transportation
2247 Western Avenue
P.O. Box 51650
Knoxville, TN 37950-1650
ph 865-524-2786
fx 865-546-0832
"CAC: Helping People. Changing Lives."

Senate Passes "Cash for Clunkers" Program


Lots of info for those with extra time

Here are some great alternative transportation sites, courtesy of transalt.org (some are location-specific, but could provide ideas for future Smart Trips initiatives if you're interested). If you follow the link, it will lead to sites which I'll be perusing to share interesting nuggets here as time allows. Feel free to discuss, share, suggest, get excited, what have you.

United We Serve

I attended a meeting today about Obama's "United We Serve" campaign, which is currently gaining traction in Knox County with non-profits and grassroots groups connecting with volunteers interested in coordinating their own service projects or supporting those already in existence.
The campaign will run from June 22 through September 11, 2009, and the four focus areas are: promoting clean energy, energy efficiency and public land restoration; supporting education and literacy for all Americans; increasing health care access, public health awareness and prevention; and providing community renewal to areas hardest hit by the economic crisis.
The meeting this morning at United Way, the agency coordinating the local committee, brought together 70 or so local government, nonprofit and service groups to brainstorm a plan for our community, which is a model county for the program nationwide. Some ideas that were mentioned included: planting community gardens, assisting with clean-up of blighted properties, identifying county-owned properties that could be converted into community gardens or public space and assisting with clean-up to meet codes, reading to children, mentoring and tutoring, organizing bike trains and walking school buses for elementary school students in your neighborhood, planting trees, a "Share the Health" day on Market Square Sept. 11, conducting audits of your home's energy use on the KUB website, donating books, bikes and seeds to benefit the three focus areas, working with seniors to promote health and exercise... it was a great brainstorming session with lots of neat ideas.
Visit http://www.serve.gov/ for more information, to create a project, find a volunteer opportunity or lend your support and ideas.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

City of Knoxville energy efficiency and conservation plans

City to Establish Curbside Recycling Program
June 17, 2009 - The City of Knoxville will use part of a $2.012 million federal stimulus grant to try and establish a single-stream, curbside recycling program for residents.

In addition to the recycling effort the city wants to use funds from the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program – part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – to support seven different energy and conservation related initiatives. The U.S. Department of Energy is managing the block grants...

Read more: http://www.cityofknoxville.org/Press_Releases/Content/2009/0617b.asp

Monday, June 15, 2009

Vehicle Miles Traveled: Where we stand (still in traffic)

In case you're like me and can't read the following text, Knoxville ranks 13 per capita and 64th nationally in Vehicle Miles Traveled, according to this December 2008study by the Brookings Institute:
Brookings VMT Cities Ranking Brookings VMT Cities Ranking jlhughes Appendix A. 100 Largest Metropolitan Areas Based on 2005 Employment, Ranked by VMT per Capita on Principal ArterialsThe Road…Less Traveled:An Analysis of Vehicle MilesTraveled Trends in the U.S.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Commuter Challenge drawing to a close

Please remember to log your commutes by June 12 to be eligible for the Commuter Challenge grand finale drawing June 15. The Challenge coincided with the SmartFix40 interstate construction, and since its May 2008 inception, thousands of dollars in monthly and quarterly gift cards have been distributed to Smart Trips participants who have logged 5 days of alternative commutes each month.
On June 15, the lucky winners of our grand prizes will be announced, with prizes including:
10 iPod Shuffles
6 iPod Touch
6 Nintendo Wii
and one $1500 AAA travel package!
Stay tuned and good luck!!

Smart Trips Month winners gather at luncheon

Winners of the Smart Trips Month awards gathered June 10 at the Square Room on Market Square for an awards luncheon. Displaying their certificates of recognition are (from left): Elizabeth Eason Architect employees Matthew Kellogg, Monika Miller, Andrew Godwin and Elizabeth Eason (winners of the Small Business Challenge with highest participation by a small business during Smart Trips Month); Chris Barrett (winner of the Wheel to Reel video contest); Jeremy Chandler (Go Getter award recipient as a runner-up for Longest Bicycle Commute, Most Diverse Commute and overall support of the program); Jim Smith (Longest Bicycle Commute, with an approximate round trip of 50 miles); recipients of the Most People in a Carpool award Alan Sims, Jessica Humphrey, Janie Shanafield and Kevin Webb; TVA employee Regina Mackay (accepting the Large Business award for TVA with the highest number of new registrants during Smart Trips Month); and Carlos Yunsan (recipient of the Most Diverse Commute for combining carpooling, transit and walking each day on his route to work). Not pictured: Paul Clouse, winner of the Wheel to Reel video contest; Lisa Webb, member of the Most People in a Carpool; Adam Dattillo, Go Getter; and Charles Weber, tied for the Longest Bicycle Commute.

Air Quality Days

Don't forget KAT is offering free bus rides on air quality action days this summer.

Sign up for the Weather Alerts from WBIR and get notified automatically when there is an Air Quality Alert day of Orange or higher!
To sign up, just go to the WBIR Text Alerts sign-up page, enter your information and select either the "Severe Weather Alert" for Knox County or the "Daily Weather Forecast."

More on our air quality here from Knox County:
First Knoxville Air Alert Issued in 2009
Posted: June 3, 2009
The first air quality alert for the Knoxville valley and Great Smoky Mountains was issued for June 1st. This alert came a month later than last year, in spite of new ozone standards that went in effect in 2008. The revised standards are based on new scientific evidence and are more protective of human health. The alerts are issued much as a weather forecast in that conditions such that poor air quality may result. Thirty-two alerts were issued last year between April 1st and mid-September, though not all resulted in poor air quality days. The Environmental Protection Agency's AirNow website http://airnow.gov/ provides current air quality conditions and forecasts.

Following are steps you can take to reduce air pollution:

Car pool or use public transportation (KAT is free on air alert days
Limit engine idling, skip the drive thru
Combine errands
Conserve energy by turning off unneeded appliances/lights
Cut back air conditioning
Postpone lawn mowing and filling of gas tanks until evening
No open burning
Take your lunch or walk to a nearby restaurant

New KAT buses and future plans

I attended the KAT press conference yesterday that unveiled the look of the new shiny buses and announced details of upcoming changes, including proposed route changes to accompany the 2010 transit center opening and helpful new GPS systems.
More info is here... http://www.cityofknoxville.org/Press_Releases/Content/2009/0609c.asp
Any thoughts?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fun bus stops around the world


Bus stops of the future?

Thanks to Emily Murphy for this:
from MIT news:
Riders can plan a bus trip on an interactive map, surf the Web, monitor their real-time exposure to pollutants and use their mobile devices as an interface with the bus shelter. They can also post ads and community announcements to an electronic bulletin board at the bus stop, enhancing the EyeStop's functionality as a community. “The EyeStop could change the whole experience of urban travel," said Carlo Ratti, Head of the SENSEable City Lab at MIT. "At the touch of a finger, passengers can get the shortest bus route to their destination or the position of all the buses in the city. The EyeStop will also glow at different levels of intensity to signal the distance of an approaching bus."
In addition to displaying information, the bus stop also acts as an active environmental sensing node, powering itself through sunlight and collecting real-time information about the surrounding environment. “EyeStop is like an 'info-tape' that snakes through the city," said project leader Giovanni de Niederhousern. "It senses information about the environment and distributes it in a form accessible to all citizens.”

Friday, May 22, 2009

One more for the road

While I'm at it, I'll mention that now that Smart Trips Month planning is behind me, I hope to start posting relevant meetings, updates, and alternative transporation links and info locally, regionally and globally here on a regular basis. So check back often and keep me on my toes.

Metro Pulse highlights Knoxville cycling!

Our very own Kelley Segars is featured in this week's Metro Pulse bike extravaganza issue. Check it all out at http://www.metropulse.com/knoxville-bicycle-guide/

Fit in a Fit photos

Home Federal Bank enjoyed their Tomato Head pizza party May 21 to celebrate the team's repeat victory at the May 8 How Many Can You Fit in a Fit event on Market Square. Check out the photos of their team and the MPC, TVA and KUB teams at http://www.knoxsmarttrips.org/stmonth/2009/fit_pix.htm
We've received the second submission in the Wheel to Reel video contest and they're both pretty awesome. See them online at http://www.youtube.com/group/smarttripswheeltoree and upload your 2-minute video! All submissions will air on CTV to promote Smart Trips and will be screened at the Smart Trips Award Luncheon June 9 at Cafe 4. Prizes will be awarded!
Thanks and enjoy this lovely Memorial Day weekend with a family bike ride or walk along the greenways.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fit in the Fit

The TVA team un-squeezes from the car.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Hidden Knoxville Walk Re-do!

Hidden Knoxville Walk rescheduled for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 12
We were rained out on Wednesday, but here's your second chance to join Jack Neely, Secret History columnist for MetroPulse, on the Hidden Knoxville Walk. We'll go to Mechanicsville, Knoxville College, the Warehouse District and other interesting spots that are all within walking distance of downtown, even if the way to get there may not be obvious. We’ll meet at the future site of downtown Knoxville’s dog park, the intersection of Summit Hill and Central Avenue.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Together! Healthy Knox

The community-wide launch of Together! Healthy Knox will be today, April 13, in conjunction with a three-part, consecutive-day series about health in Knox County on the Knoxville News Sentinel, which began Sunday, April 12th.

What are the major health concerns in your neighborhood? What needs to happen to improve health and quality of life in Knox County? Through Together! Healthy Knox, your answers to these questions will be an important piece in creating a community-wide plan for better health. Knox County Health Department is launching Together! Healthy Knox and anyone who lives, works, worships or plays in Knox County can take part. The ultimate goal is to achieve a community in which every person is a healthy person.

To get started on this path to better health for our community, we invite you to visit www.healthyknox.org to take the Together! Healthy Knox survey. While you browse the site, you can also sign up for a focus group or participate in a discussion board. Your input and opinions are key to helping identify the top health issues in Knox County because, in the coming months, a community-wide partnership will be formed to develop an action plan to make a lasting and positive impact on the health priorities you help identify.

No single person or agency can make a community healthy. It will take us all working together! Your participation is important to the success of Together! Healthy Knox. Visit www.healthyknox.org or call 215-5549 for more information, to provide your input, and to get involved in this community approach to better health.

Remember, there are two ways to participate:
Take the Knox County Health & Quality of Life Survey at www.healthyknox.org/survey
Sign up to attend one of the upcoming Health & Quality of Life Focus Groups. Find one that fits your schedule at www.healthyknox.org/focus_groups.html. Participants must pre-register by calling 215-5160 or 215-5180. Space is limited.

Please participate. All our voices matter.
Visit the website, www.healthyknox.org, for more information.

From the Metro Pulse: Bicycles vs. Cars on Knoxville Roads

Interesting article from Jack Neely on sharing the road:

Monday, March 30, 2009

Try Transit

Try Transit during Smart Trips Month in May and share your experiences in a 1,500 word or less essay for a chance to win a $50 gift card. For details, visit our website.
Need inspiration? Read "The Last Bus Home" here:

Vote for Smart Trips through April 7

Thanks to your support, we are now a finalist in the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' Changing Climate Change competition! Please visit http://www.justmeans.com/competitionidea/10374/promoteidea.html through April 7 and vote for us to increase our chances of winning a $200,000 grant to expand our program. Spread the word!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Knox County Health Department's A Walk in the Park

Smart Trips will have a table - come by and say hi!

Purpose: To provide a fun event for the community that encourages healthy behaviors and highlights community resources.

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: New Harvest Park, 4775 New Harvest Lane, Knoxville,

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Wheel to Reel Contest - unleash your inner Scorsese

Smart Trips invites you to show your work and your support for our program as part of Smart Trips Month this May – create and submit a short digital film inspired by our mission to improve our region’s air quality and quality of life by promoting alternatives to driving alone. Your work will not only be featured on our website and on CTV, but could also be used by Smart Trips in future marketing and awareness campaigns – the winning film will be screened at a Smart Trips award ceremony in June!

Smart Trips Month is held every May and includes a series of educational, fun and health-promoting events throughout the area. Throughout the month, digital shorts will air on CTV and be linked to our website to raise awareness about the importance of improving our air quality by using alternative modes of transportation. This is where you come in!

Create a digital short that is 2 minutes or less – get creative! Any genre is welcome, from animation to documentary and everything in between. The content should be inspired by our goal of improving air quality and the quality of life in our community through promoting alternatives to driving alone. Submissions may be used in the future promotion of our program through marketing and public awareness campaigns.

Shorts must be uploaded to Google Video with KnoxSmartTrips in the title and submitted on DVD to Smart Trips, c/o KRTPO, Suite 403, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 by May 15.

Any questions? Call or email Elizabeth Wright at 215-2916 or smarttrips@knoxtrans.org

Seeking local artists!

Smart Trips invites you to show your work and your support for our program at an event Friday, May 1 that will be part of Knoxville’s First Friday art walk – your work could be used by Smart Trips in future marketing and awareness campaigns and the winner will receive a $200 grand prize!

Smart Trips Month is held every May and includes a series of educational, fun and health-promoting events throughout the area. We have partnered with KAT to host a First Friday Art Bus – the public will be invited to board the bus, learn about public transit and view local art inspired by transportation and commuting issues. This is where you come in!

Create a work of art that can be displayed in a KAT bus on Friday, May 1, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The work should be inspired by our goal of improving air quality and the quality of life in our community through promoting alternatives to driving alone. Submissions may be used in the future promotion of our program through marketing and public awareness campaigns.
Artists who submit work should be available Friday, May 1, at 4 p.m. to display their work and should be available again at 8 p.m. to retrieve their work. All artists are also invited to join us throughout the event as we meet the public, appreciate your artwork and promote alternatives to driving alone.
A jpeg photograph of the finished product must be emailed to smarttrips@knoxtrans.org by Monday, April 20 at 5 p.m. You will then be notified by email to confirm your appearance at our First Friday Art Bus event.
Questions? Call Elizabeth Wright at 215-2916 or email smarttrips@knoxtrans.org
Thanks for your support and creativity – we look forward to working with you!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Vote for Smart Trips!

You can support funding that would allow us to expand our program by visiting the following website and voting for Smart Trips:
This is a spam-free site, but you will be required to provide your email address and a password to vote. Thanks for your help and feel free to pass the link along!

Smoggy skies and respiratory disease

A bit depressing, but definite motivation to take more Smart Trips:

Sec. of Transportation LaHood discusses livable communities and cycling


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Upcoming Opportunities with Smart Trips

We're gearing up for Smart Trips Month in May and there are many ways you can get involved:

- Unleash your inner director/actor/stuntperson!
Make a short movie, video or documentary about your commute and submit it as an entry in our Wheels and Reels video contest! The possibilities are endless, but keep it under two minutes! More details to follow on submission rules, deadlines and prizes...

- Be a bike guide!
Smart Trips will attend the Oak Ridge Earth Day April 25 at Bissell Park (http://www.orearthday.org/pages/index.html) and we're helping the organizers, East Tennessee Earth Alliance, make the event as car-free as possible. If you're familiar with Oak Ridge bike routes and would like to lead guided bike routes to the festival or if you plan to attend the festival from Knoxville and would be willing to carpool, please contact Elizabeth Wright at 215-2916 or smarttrips@knoxtrans.org.

- Give us feedback!
The Bicycle Advisory Committee would like bicyclists to review our five bike routes in Knoxville: http://www.knoxtrans.org/plans/bikeprog/resource.htm#routes
When you ride a route, think about these questions:--is this the best route, or are there other roads that would be better?--are there problems that could be easily fixed along the way (e.g., drain grate higher or lower than pavement, pothole)--what sections do you feel uncomfortable on, but know that it's better than the alternatives?
We are hoping to get signage on these routes, but wanted to make sure they are the best they can be first! Once you've ridden a route and have input, send it to kelley.segars@knoxtrans.org Please include the day of the week and time of day that you rode. We'd like to get this information ASAP.

- Join our Facebook group!
Visit http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=130987700079&success#/group.php?gid=130987700079 and select "Join this Group" to meet other Smart Trippers, discuss commutes and routes and share commuting-related events and news.

- Don't hesitate to nominate!
We're always seeking Commuters of the Month. The competition is heavy, but the winner gets a $25 gift card! Recognize the most enthusiastic Smart Tripper you know by submitting a nomination to smarttrips@knoxtrans.org.

- Spread the word!
Know someone or a company you think would benefit from joining Smart Trips? Encourage them to visit our website, call or email to receive more information and get signed up as a participant.

- Keep up the good work!
Our participant numbers and logged commutes just keep going up and up! In the last year alone, Smart Trippers have reduced almost 1,500,000 vehicle miles traveled and have prevented more than 1 million pounds of CO2 emissions from entering our environment.

A bit belated, but we must mention the January Commuter of the Month!

Sandra Hubbard was named the January Commuter of the Month after we heard from several of Sandra's co-workers at the Crowne Plaza Hotel telling us what a committed transit commuter she is. She takes the bus to work every day, and is always encouraging the folks she works with to take the bus or try carpooling.
We asked Sandra what she enjoys about her commute, and why she chooses to take the bus to work every day. She tells us, "I really love walking to work in the mornings (from the bus). The view from the bridge is so beautiful and that's when I prepare myself for my day. Not having to be stuck in traffic or worry about cars in front of me or anything. It's very relaxing. Everyone at KAT treats their passengers with respect and courtesy. They go out of their way to help us to get where we're going. I don't think people realize how easy it is to be a commuter or to even try. I love Knoxville, my hometown, and I would love for us to fix some of the air quality issues we have here. With just a little effort, we could make a difference."
We agree with Sandra on that one. Thanks for being such a wonderful ambassador for the Smart Trips program. To say thanks, we mailed Sandra a $25 gift card to Regal Cinemas.

Want to nominate someone for commuter of month?
Please send your nomination to Smart Trips . Include your name and contact information, the commuter's name, and why you think your nominee should be the Smart Trips Commuter of the Month. You can nominate as many people as you would like, and we'll send you a small token of our appreciation for sending us your nominations. The winner of the Commuter of the Month contest will receive a $25 gift card from Smart Trips. (Please note, to be eligible to win, all nominees must be participating Smart Trips members.)