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Sep 02

DBE Goal Notice – FY 2021-2023

Posted to KAT Blog by Savannah Kilday

Knoxville Area Transit’s U.S.-D.O.T

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal for FY 2021-2023


In compliance with the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program established in 49 CFR 26, Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) proposes to establish a goal of 2.5% of Federal financial assistance expended in D.O.T.-assisted contracts in federal fiscal years 2021-2023. This goal, established by KAT, is one of many components within the City of Knoxville’s DBE goals established by the Small Business and Diversity Outreach Office. This goal directly relates to Federal Transit Administration funding to be spent with firms certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) under the Tennessee Unified Certification Program (TN-UCP) and does not apply to transit vehicle purchases. KAT proposes to meet this goal by advertising bid opportunities through the City of Knoxville Purchasing website, DBE and general circulation publications, and by advising City Purchasing at the time of requisition of TN-UCP certified firms that should be included in bid notices. The proposed goal and the entire DBE program document are available for viewing during normal business hours at Knoxville Area Transit’s 1135 Magnolia Avenue offices for 30 days following the date of this notice. Comments on the goal and program, or questions about DBE certification through TN-UCP should be addressed to Si McMurray, DBE Liaison Officer, Knoxville Area Transit, 301 Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915; telephone: 865.215.7803; email: smcmurray@katbus.com, or through the comments link below. Comments may also be addressed to D.O.T. at U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 1200 Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20590.

Nov 30

KAT Honors Rosa Parks with an Open Seat on Every Bus

Posted to Media Advisories and Press Releases by Savannah Kilday

On Tuesday, December 1, KAT will pay tribute to Rosa Parks by keeping one seat open on every bus.  The seat will feature a placard recognizing the contribution made by Parks in the fight for racial justice and equality, and how the small act of sitting down on a city bus changed the course of history in the United States. 

 

Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955 after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.  This act led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a 381-day boycott of the city’s transit system by African Americans which led to the Supreme Court ruling declaring segregation on public transportation systems unconstitutional.  

 

“Rosa Parks’s seemingly small act of courage in the fight for racial justice had enormous consequences,” says Isaac Thorne, Director of Transit for the City of Knoxville.  “We honor that courage and the work of past civil rights leaders, while recognizing the responsibility we all have to continue to advance efforts to achieve racial equity across our city and our nation.” 
Rosa Parks Bus Seat Signage

Download Press Release PDF here.