KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Area Transit System congratulates Zoe Hall (age 9), Rylee Cowden (age 5), and Rory Mendenhall (age 10) for their winning advertisement now being featured on MyTown 16, Kingsports Government access station hosted on Charter Channel 16.

The youths created a commercial titled Where the Bus Goes, and earned $100 for the rights to feature their commercial on Channel 16. Their advertisement was selected as the best of seven submitted entries.

"We certainly want to thank everyone who participated in this event," Transportation Coordinator Jack Qualls said. "We’ve seen tremendous growth in ridership during the past 12 months and we continue to look for methods to build interest in the system. At the same time, we are pleased to offer multiple opportunities for our riders to express their opinions and suggest improvements."

KATS offers several easy, low-cost transportation alternatives, including the Express Ticket for $15 month that allows unlimited ridership for the month. Students ride free with the presentation of a student identification card.

Our staff continues to work hard to develop innovative ways to promote KATS, City Manager John Campbell said Friday. On behalf of Kingsport, I want to taken Zoe, Rylee and Rory for doing their part to help us promote the efficiency and reduced environmental impact that is a major reason for developing mass transit in Kingsport. In the future, with rising fuel costs and stricter air quality standards, I am convinced that mass transit will become a major part of everyday life, particularly for our young people.

Kingsport Area Transit Service offers five routes to popular destinations throughout Kingsport, and operates from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on KATS, please visit www.kingsporttransit.org. To view the top video, please visit www.mytown16.com later Friday afternoon. KATS looks forward to future contests and asks supporters to follow on facebook.com/RideKats.