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Oct 13

KAT Routes to Early Voting Locations are Fare-Free

Posted on October 13, 2020 at 9:10 AM by Savannah Kilday

Due to the pandemic, KAT is continuing to operate fare-free to limit close contact on buses and keep passengers and operators safe.  As a result, transit service to several early voting locations also comes free of charge, making it easier than ever to cast your vote. 


“Transportation should never be barrier to voting,” says Isaac Thorne, Director of Transit for the City of Knoxville. “This is a great opportunity to cast a vote early, avoiding the potentially bigger crowds or longer lines on Election Day. Our Customer Service team at Knoxville Station is available to assist anyone who wishes to use transit to vote during this Early Voting period.  Our team can help plan your route to the voting location, and can provide information from the Knox County Election Commission’s website on what identification passengers will need to bring with them when they go to vote.” 


There are several locations for early voting that are conveniently located directly along KAT bus routes. The list of early voting sites and associated routes is as follows: 

Early Voting Site 

KAT Bus Route 

Downtown West (limited ADA accessibility from Downtown West Blvd. to voting location) 

Route 11 – Kingston Pike 

Love Kitchen 

Route 33 – MLK 

City County Building 

Route 10 - Sequoyah  

Route 11 – Kingston Pike  

Route 17 - Sutherland  

All trolley routes 

New Harvest Park 

Route 33 – MLK (also available via Route 23 – Millertown) 

Knoxville Expo Center 

Route 20 – Central Street/Clinton Hwy 

Route 90 – Crosstown 

Meridian Baptist Church 

Route 41 – Chapman Highway 

Baker Center (October 26-29 only) 

Route 10 - Sequoyah  

Route 11 – Kingston Pike 

Route 17 - Sutherland 


 Early-voting for the Nov. 3 presidential election begins this Wednesday, Oct. 14 and continues through Oct. 29. 


In addition to operating fare-free, KAT is also continuing with safety practices to ensure a healthy and safe experience when riding KAT during this time.  Buses are operating at a half-filled capacity, allowing for physical distancing when riding.  In addition, face coverings are required on all KAT buses, and KAT buses are disinfected twice daily, exceeding CDC guidelines.  Hand sanitizer and masks are available onboard all KAT buses and at Knoxville Station. 

Download Press Release PDF here.