Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero receives APTA Distinguished Service Award

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero is the recipient of the American Public Transportation Association's Local Distinguished Service Award. During her first term, Rogero significantly changed the city’s organization chart to reflect the value of the city’s public transit system, Knoxville Area Transit (KAT). The culture of Knoxville’s government was revolutionized, and public transit considerations now are a primary concern when new development projects are under review. Under her leadership, the city’s financial support of KAT has increased 20 percent, resulting in later service hours and improved headways on many routes.

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Conference registration now open!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Registration for the 2019 TPTA Conference & Expo is now open!  

This year, TPTA is excited to co-host the 2019 TPTA Annual Conference & Expo with the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA).  The event will be held October 28-31 at the Chattanooga Convention Center and the Marriott Chattanooga Downtown.

Visit the conference website for more information or to register today!

Memphis trolleys return to Main Street

Monday, June 25, 2018
Come April 30, the historic, steel-wheeled trolleys will be traveling up and down Main Street from the William Hudson Transit Center to Butler Station. 

 The Main Street trolley line will run with three trolleys while the remaining three undergo refurbishment, which is tentatively scheduled to be completed next month. 

 More from the Memphis Business Journal here.

Nashville council votes to add transit referendum to May ballot

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Following action Tuesday by the Metro Council, Nashville voters will decide May 1 whether to raise four taxes, including the sales tax, to pay for a sweeping mass transit plan, anchored by light rail and a massive downtown tunnel.  The council voted overwhelmingly 34-2 to give final approval to add Mayor Megan Barry’s transit referendum to the local primary election ballot on May 1.

Read more from the Tennessean here.

TPTA honored with CTAA's 2017 State leadership Award

Monday, July 31, 2017
Detroit, Mich. – June 13, 2017. The Tennessee Public Transportation Association (TPTA) was named today the recipient of the 2017 State Leadership Award by the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) at its annual EXPO – held this year in Detroit, Mich. – in recognition for its efforts to provide support and investment of community and public transportation across the state. 

The award, presented annually at the Association’s national EXPO, honors a state transit association or department of transportation for their work in improving mobility in their state. Ann Gilbert of the Association’s Board of Directors and the Arkansas Transit Association noted that TPTA has been especially effective working with state legislators to deliver crucial investment for Tennessee’s transit providers. 

“TPTA’s work in support of the IMPROVE Act resulted in the most significant increase in transportation investment in Tennessee in a generation. And though its’ Tennessee Transit Coalition, the Association not only enlisted the help of its members, but also organized transit riders across the state in a strategic effort to ensure additional funding as well as the ability for local areas to organize ballot initiatives to support transit.” 

The Community Transportation Association, established in 1989, is a national non-profit, membership association committed to removing barriers to isolation and improving mobility for all people. The Association provides informational resources, technical assistance, training and certification, and many additional resources to communities, transportation providers, and other groups to increase mobility and improve the quality of community and public transportation. 

The Tennessee Public Transportation Association (TPTA) is a nonprofit statewide organization dedicated to improving public transportation in all Tennessee communities.  Its 26 member agencies provide safe, efficient and reliable public transit services in all 95 counties of the state.

Gov. Haslam's plan would allow local referendums for transit funding

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The Tennessee Transit Coalition, which organized this year to lobby the state for transit funding, applauded Haslam's local option transit proposal but also noted that raising revenue locally isn't viable in many rural counties.

"We would like to see the state invest the necessary resources to improve public transportation statewide," said Jason Spain, executive director of the Tennessee Public Transportation Association, one of seven members of the coalition. "Public transit is a growing choice in our state; but it is also a necessity for many Tennesseans in both our rural and urban areas who rely on it for access to jobs, schools and everyday services like medical appointments.”

Read more from the Tennessean here.

Mass transit has mass appeal for Tennessee

Friday, January 13, 2017

Advocates for public transportation are urging Gov. Bill Haslam to make public transportation funding a part of his infrastructure plan this year. "Roads and bridges are obviously critically important,” says Jason Spain, executive director of the Tennessee Public Transportation Association. “If we're talking about a comprehensive look at our infrastructure system in Tennessee, it has to include public transportation. 

This month the Tennessee Transit Coalition – comprised of Spain's group, as well as AARP and the Tennessee Disability Coalition and others – delivered 1,000 signatures from 60 counties to the governor's desk, letting him know that public transportation is a priority for their communities.

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Poll: Tennesseans are willing to pay at the pump for transit

Friday, January 06, 2017

It's no secret that Gov. Bill Haslam is planning on introducing legislation that will increase the state's gas tax to help shed some of Tennessee's $8 billion back log in transportation funding.  But a better-kept secret is what Tennessee voters think money raised from an increased gas tax should actually go to, and what voters think the state should spend that money on will go to the hearts of almost all Middle Tennesseans — transit.  

If the gas tax is increased, 57 percent of respondents support increased funding for biking, walking and transit, according to a poll conducted by the Social Work Office of Research and Public Service at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. 

More from the Nashville Business Journal here.

Rep. Clemmons proposes infrastructure plan with funding for transit

Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Democratic state Rep. John Clemmons of Nashville has gotten ahead of Gov. Bill Haslam gotten ahead of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam in proposing a plan for raising Tennessee’s fuel taxes, reports the Nashville Post. His draft legislation includes a new stream of revenue for mass transit – something he thinks Haslam will omit.

Haslam, of course, has been pitching the general idea of revenue enhancement to build and better maintain roads for two years and is expected to finally roll out a proposal by Jan. 30.

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New Park and Ride facility opens in Clarksville

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
More parking spots, well-lit area, easy access to the interstate, shelter to protect from rain are some of the key highlights of the new park and ride facility off Exit 11.

TDOT Commissioner Joe Schroer, city mayor and RTA board chairman Kim McMillan and RTA CEO Steve Bland were among the chief dignitaries present at the opening ceremony.

Read more here.