January 5, 2007 - Mayor Bill Haslam announced
today that the city will make a recommendation to the Federal Transit
Administration that the new Knoxville Station Transit Center be located
at a site on the east end of the Church Avenue Viaduct.
The step is the latest one required in the site selection process
for the new $27 million transit station.
If the FTA approves the recommendation - which will be formally
conveyed to it by the Public Building Authority - the city would
move forward with construction of the new station beginning early
"This location is close to downtown and was by far the best
choice among the three finalists that had emerged from the selection
process," Haslam said. "It has numerous advantages, both
in location and costs, over the other potential locations and we're
looking forward to building a transit station there that will serve
our citizens for many years."
Transit consultants and a design committee had looked at more than
30 potential downtown sites for the new station during the past
three years before culling the group down to three, the east end
of Church Avenue, the Southern Railway Station on Depot Street near
Jackson Avenue and a site next to the City County Building on Main
But a study of the three finalists indicated that the Church Avenue
location, which is to the east of the James White Parkway near the
Civic Coliseum's parking garage, had the best mix of location and
construction and operating costs. It also met federal criteria for
the new station.
If approved the new station would be built above a revamped James
White Parkway on the Church Avenue Viaduct, which is currently being
widened, near where it intersects Hall of Fame Drive.
The project is being funded with a mix of federal, state and local
money with the city providing about $3.5 million while the FTA will
provide $22 million.
Construction costs at the Church Street location are estimated at
$23.7 million and annual operating expenses are estimated to be
A little more than $3.1 million has already been spent in the planning
and selection process.
If the site is approved construction could begin in January of
2008 with a completion date of June of 2009.