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The key is that buses are relatively unpopular and unused in cities similar in size to Knoxville.
What works better are light rail or streetcar lines which are being installed in medium size cities with great success around the country.
Light rail is perceived as cleaner, safer, and more modern than buses. It also leads to the rehabilitation and renewal of neighborhoods along its routes.
Perhaps Knoxville should consider a starter light rail system that would connect the downtown attractions starting with the Old City and Market Square with UT with extensions going west down Cumberland Avenue and Kingston Pike in a dedicated median strip.
Sure, light rail takes money from various sources but is it cheaper to keep operating mostly empty buses?
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