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Knoxville Regional
Transportation Planning Organization

400 Main St, Suite 403
Knoxville, TN 37902

phone: (865) 215-2500
fax: (865) 215-2068

Regional Growth Concept

Grow Corridors

The Corridors concept emphasize the use of highways and other road corridors as the backbone around which to grow businesses, with new suburban and rural housing located a short drive away.

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Growth tends to follow major road corridors. Most new development is car-friendly and is located in suburban and rural locations, with commercial and residential areas separated from each other. Road improvements are required in high growth areas. Farms and other open spaces near major roadways are converted to other uses.

Corridors Regional Growth Concept Map

View a conceptual map showing how expected new population and jobs might be added to the region under a Corridors growth pattern and the transportation improvements required to support it.


  • Different housing types are found in urban areas, town centers and along major roadways, while most new suburban and rural housing are single-family homes.
  • "Town centers" containing a mix of jobs and residences are built along highways in some suburban locations.
  • Development on vacant properties and redevelopment within existing cities and towns is limited.
  • Commutes to work and school may be farther for people living in rural and suburban areas.
  • Cities and towns make limited investments in sidewalks and bikes lanes as well as new express bus routes.
  • Road, sewer and water service are expanded along major road corridors and extended into rural areas.
  • Live New homes are primarily in single-family neighborhoods in suburban and rural areas on large lots. Some town centers are built along major roads in suburban locations that include apartments, condos and townhouses.

    Work New jobs are located in existing cities and towns, as well as suburban office parks and shopping centers.

    Shop Shops and services typically are located along major highways (in suburban shopping centers) or urban areas (in strip centers and small storefronts). Some residents are able to access these by walking or transit.

    Play Some local parks, greenways, recreation centers and regional recreation opportunities (e.g., lakes, rivers and mountains) are close to homes. A car is used to get to most of these facilities.

    Getting Around The primary form of transportation is the car, with some people using transit to commute to work. Shopping and services are accessible by walking in town centers and urban areas (including transit) for those that work or live nearby. Park-and-ride lots are provided in suburban locations with express bus service to employment centers and urban shopping areas. Schools serve a wide area, and most children take a bus or car ride to school. Greenways are generally used for recreation, but some provide access to suburban and town center developments.

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