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Posted to KAT Blog by Savannah Kilday
Knoxville, TN. The Knoxville community showed their support for transit by riding in big numbers on last Thursday’s Get on Board Day. KAT saw a 24% increase in ridership compared with the previous day, with many passengers posting their rides on social media.
Get on Board Day was a nation-wide event promoting transit and raising awareness of the benefits of transit, from economic development to promoting sustainable lifestyles. Over 200 transit agencies participated in the event in various ways. KAT offered fare-free rides and encouraged people to share their rides on social media. In addition to the ridership increases, KAT’s social media engagement doubled for Get on Board Day.
“We were so pleased to see such a positive and supportive community response to Get on Board Day,” says Melissa Roberson, Director of Transit for the City of Knoxville. “We have been improving our passenger amenities with our KATbus Tracker App and free wi-fi on buses, along with steady improvements to route service. I think the public is responding to these new conveniences and more people are interested in giving transit a try.”
The KATbus Tracker app, which provides real-time bus tracking along with trip planning and other features, was introduced at the end of March. Thus far, the app has been downloaded over 900 times.
Posted to Media Advisories and Press Releases by Savannah Kilday
After a career spanning over 30 years in transit in Knoxville, Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) announces the retirement of Chief Operating Officer Beverly Campbell, and consequently the hiring of a new Chief Human Resources Officer, Julie Glibbery, as well as the promotion of Odell Draper to Chief Operations Officer.
Beverly began her career at KAT in 1987 as a systems analyst before becoming the Director of Human Resources. Later, she became Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all Human Resources and Operations functions including the bus operator staff of over 257, dispatchers and supervisors, and all managers and directors within the department.
With her departure, the Operations functions will be handled by Odell Draper, former Director of Operations and Safety and now Chief Operations Officer. Draper began his career at KAT as a bus operator in 2007, ascending the ranks through various supervisory positions to become Director of Operations and Safety. He will now oversee all bus operators, managers, and supervisors within the operations division. Draper, a recent Mass Transit Magazine “40 Under 40” award winner, has been training under Beverly’s leadership for several years.
Julie Glibbery brings a wealth of Human Resources experience to KAT. Prior to joining KAT, Julie’s broad career in human resources included experience in the automotive, aeronautical, marine industries as well as with a major federal contractor. In her current position as Chief Human Resources Officer she is responsible for employee/labor relations, benefits, compensation, compliance and staffing for KAT.
Download this News Release as a PDF here.