|KNOX COUNTY PROFILE|
An extensive transportation network connects Knoxville to the U.S. marketplace via I-40, I-75 and I-81, all of which meet in the metro area. The area is also served by an excellent network of 11 federal highways and 16 state highways. 125 truck lines serve the area.
The Knoxville area offers outstanding rail transportation services for shipping large volumes of goods. It is located at the junction of major east-west and north-south railway systems with service provided by Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation. Shortline railroad service by Gulf & Ohio Railways, which offers repair and leasing services through Knoxville Locomotive Works as well as transloading services for truck and rail connections.
The city is directly linked to the Great Lakes by the Interconnected Inland Water System and to the Gulf of Mexico by the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Barge shipping is facilitated by three local river terminals.
Comprehensive airline services provide fast access from Knoxville/Knox County to the nation and the world. Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport offers 120 flights daily with nonstop flights to 22 destinations. Nine general aviation airports also serve the region.
Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) provides 28 public bus routes, operating 80 vehicles and carrying 3.2 million passengers a year in the city. In 2004, KAT garnered the prestigious American Public Transportation Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award and has nearly completed its new downtown Knoxville Station Transit Center. It will have state-of-the-art customer amenities and serve as the major transportation hub for metropolitan Knoxville.