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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.

Aug 07

Mayor Kincannon Appoints Isaac Thorne as Director of Transit

Posted to Media Advisories and Press Releases by Savannah Kilday

Isaac Thorne

Mayor Indya Kincannon has appointed Isaac Thorne to be the Knoxville’s new Director of Transit. Thorne is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Connect Transit in Normal, Illinois. 


“Isaac has a winning track record in the transit industry,” Mayor Kincannon said.  “He is an innovative leader who never loses sight that public transit is a customer-focused service.

“I am also confident that he is the right person to continue to move KAT toward an all-electric fleet as part of our City’s sustainability strategy.” 


Over the past several years, KAT has expanded its alternative fuel options, and now nearly a third of the fleet consists of hybrid electric vehicles.
 

Thorne will be moving here after nearly 13 years with Connect Transit, where, prior to serving as CEO, he served as Chief Operating Officer, Interim Transportation Director, Procurement Director and Operations Manager. 

 

I am excited to be working with the employees of the City of Knoxville, Knoxville Area Transit and most importantly, our customers,” Thorne said. 

 

“It is an honor to be trusted to lead an exceptional transit system that has been nationally recognized in the beautiful City of Knoxville.” 

Thorne was i
nstrumental in helping to transform his current employer into the 2015 American Public Transportation Association Outstanding Public Transit System of the Year. That same year, he was also named to the prestigious list of Mass Transit Top 40 Under 40. 

 

Thorne succeeds Transit Director Dawn Distler, who left in 2018 to direct a larger regional transit system in Akron, Ohio, and Interim Director Melissa Roberson, who will return to her position as KAT’s Chief Administrative Officer. 

 

“Melissa has done a tremendous job advancing KAT’s place as an industry leader,” Mayor Kincannon said. “I thank her and appreciate all her hard work, especially during the recent challenges of COVID-19.”  

 

Thorne’s first day will be August 31.