About Kats

About Kingsport Area Transit Service

KATS began in 1995 to serve the citizens of Kingsport. Today, KATS has retooled bus routes to provide better and more efficient service to new and growing areas of Kingsport.

KATS operates six vehicles on fixed route service Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The system also operates four vehicles for Dial-A-Ride passengers during the same service hours.

Kingsport is a popular tourist destination, especially for retirees. Kingsport’s median age is 41.9 years, older than Tennessee’s median age of 35.9 years. In fact, the largest segment of Kingsport’s population is age 50 and over, at 40.6 percent of the population.

As older adults are large consumers of public transportation, this indicates a strong future for public transit in this segment in Kingsport.

To learn more about our Services and Kingsport as a community, please visit our Media and Links page.

About KATS ridership and how it exponentially grows each year


The City of Kingsport (KATS) operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a written complaint with the City of Kingsport. For more information on the City of Kingsport’s Civil Rights program, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact 423-224-2613 or visit our administrative office at 109 Clay Street Kingsport, TN 37660. For more information or for language translation, visit our website at www.kingsporttransit.org.

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