KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – For many people, a car is a necessary tool to get around, but the cost of driving and maintaining one can take a huge chunk out of your budget. That’s why it may be worth looking into other transportation options available to you, even if it is just for short trips.
For example, Knox County has multiple public transportation options. KAT Transit has reduced fares through August, and senior citizens and those with disabilities can ride for free. Then there is ETHRA transportation, which offers door to door services to seniors and the disabled. The organization has been providing transportation for over 40 years.
In fact, the organization provides more than 100 vehicles and clocks over 3 million miles each year helping individuals access their community and medical needs. In Oak Ridge, ETHRA operates the only government-funded bus service for trips starting within city limits. The small white buses have “ETHRA” stamped on the side. Patterson said the ETHRA fleet includes vehicles that can carry eight people and two wheelchairs, as well as minivans for 13 passengers or five passengers and one wheelchair.
During the trial, one of ETHRA’s safety instructors testified that he has provided safety training to employees each year for the past 15 years. He was also the investigator on Passenger’s accident, and he testified that he visited her at home to discuss the fall, but could not recall any of the questions or her answers.