Transportation http://kmuw.org en City Of Wichita To Acquire 10 New Buses http://kmuw.org/post/city-wichita-acquire-10-new-buses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wichita City Council members approved the purchase of new city buses at Tuesday’s meeting. They will help update the transit system’s aging fleet.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A total of ten new buses will be coming from a California-based manufacturer. They will all be diesel powered.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:27:02 +0000 Sean Sandefur 37152 at http://kmuw.org City Of Wichita To Acquire 10 New Buses Highway Patrol Launches 10-Day Initiative To Crack Down On Texting While Driving http://kmuw.org/post/highway-patrol-launches-10-day-initiative-crack-down-texting-while-driving <p>The Kansas Highway Patrol is launching a 10-day initiative that emphasizes enforcement of a state ban on texting while driving.</p><p>The patrol said that starting today, troopers would be looking for drivers who are violating the law and giving them citations. The initiative will overlap with the patrol’s Fourth of July initiatives to stop impaired drivers.</p><p>But the stepped-up enforcement of the texting ban will run through July 10.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:25:34 +0000 Associated Press 36788 at http://kmuw.org Turnpike Authority Considers Scenic Flint Hills Outlook http://kmuw.org/post/turnpike-authority-considers-scenic-flint-hills-outlook <p>The Kansas Turnpike Authority is considering building a scenic outlook along Interstate 35 to allow travelers to stop and appreciate the Flint Hills.</p><p>The turnpike authority is considering improvements to on and off ramps south of Emporia that currently serve cattle owners, who truck in their cattle to graze in the spring and then retrieve them in the fall.</p><p>If the project is successful, it would be the first scenic overlook on the turnpike.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:07:13 +0000 Associated Press 36729 at http://kmuw.org TSA Precheck Enrollment Center Now Open In Wichita http://kmuw.org/post/tsa-precheck-enrollment-center-now-open-wichita <p>The Transportation Security Administration opened a new enrollment center in Wichita yesterday that could help decrease the amount of time travelers spend going through security at the airport. KMUWs Abigail Wilson reports…</p><p></p><p>TSA Precheck is an expedited security-screening option at the airport offered by the Transportation Security Administration or TSA. Thanks to a new enrollment center in town, Wichitans now have a chance enroll in the program closer to home.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:18:14 +0000 Abigail Wilson 36560 at http://kmuw.org State Officials To Enforce Ban On Political Campaign Signs Alongside State Highways http://kmuw.org/post/state-officials-enforce-ban-political-campaign-signs-alongside-state-highways <p>The Kansas Department of Transportation is warning political candidates that the agency’s crews will remove campaign signs found alongside the state’s highways.</p><p>The department notes that Kansas law prohibits campaign signs and billboards on a highway right-of-way. The law allows only guide, warning or regulatory signs in those spaces.</p><p>The reminder of the rule comes as campaigning ramps up before the state’s Aug. 5 primary.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:01:58 +0000 Associated Press 36557 at http://kmuw.org Colorado Joins Effort To Keep Southwest Chief Rolling Along Its Current Route http://kmuw.org/post/colorado-joins-effort-keep-southwest-chief-rolling-along-its-current-route <p>Colorado is joining the effort to preserve the current route of Amtrak's Southwest Chief.</p><p>Yesterday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper went to Pueblo to sign a bill that creates a commission to work with officials in Kansas and New Mexico to continue Southwest Chief's existing service. The bill will also push for a new stop in Pueblo.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 16:19:51 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 34489 at http://kmuw.org Colorado Joins Effort To Keep Southwest Chief Rolling Along Its Current Route The Kansas Department Of Transportation Says It Was An Expensive Winter http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-department-transportation-says-it-was-expensive-winter <p>The Kansas Department of Transportation says the winter season of 2014 was its most expensive in years.</p><p>The department spent about $22 million dollars to keep state highways open for travel during the rough winter weather.</p><p>That's the most the department's had to spend since the winter of 2008, when it spent nearly 24 million dollars.</p><p>This year's numbers won't be finalized until the end of the fiscal year.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:17:24 +0000 Associated Press 32469 at http://kmuw.org Portland-Based Seaport Airlines To Bring Commercial Services To Great Bend http://kmuw.org/post/portland-based-seaport-airlines-bring-commercial-services-great-bend <p>SeaPort Airlines has been chosen to provide commercial service from Great Bend in central Kansas.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Transportation issued an order Monday granting the Portland, Oregon-based airline a two-year contract under the federal Essential Air Service program.</p><p>The contract calls for 18 round-trip flights per week, including two daily flights to Wichita and one to Kansas City on weekdays.</p><p>Three weekend flights are also planned.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:43:45 +0000 Associated Press 31703 at http://kmuw.org New Mexico Considers Chipping In With Kansas And Colorado To Help Fund Southwest Chief Line http://kmuw.org/post/new-mexico-considers-chipping-kansas-and-colorado-help-fund-southwest-chief-line <p>New Mexico will study whether to help pay part of the cost of keeping Amtrak's Southwest Chief on its current route.</p><p>A state budget allocates $50,000 to the Legislative Council Service to study a proposal by Amtrak for New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas to share the costs of maintaining and improving tracks through their states.</p><p>John Yaeger of the Legislative Council Service said legal issues will be considered as well as the costs and economic benefits of the proposal.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:00:28 +0000 Associated Press 31647 at http://kmuw.org UPDATE: City Council Passes Motion To Change Mid-Continent To Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport http://kmuw.org/post/update-city-council-passes-motion-change-mid-continent-dwight-d-eisenhower-national-airport <p></p><p><em><strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp; Wichita's City Council has passed the motion to change Mid-Continent Airport into Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. It will cost the city about $140,000 to change signs at the airport. It wasn't immediately clear when the new name would be posted.</em></p><p>Wichita's City Council will discuss whether to re-name Wichita's airport during their regular meeting on Tuesday.</p><p>Following a petition drive, council members are weighting whether to re-name Mid-Continent Airport as Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:57:16 +0000 Associated Press & Carla Eckels 31006 at http://kmuw.org