Transportation

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A new report ranks Wichita as one of the top 10 safest cities for drivers in the U.S.

The report is offered as a safety reminder as millions take to the road this holiday weekend. Insurance experts say July 4th is the deadliest day of the year for drivers.

The "Allstate America’s Best Drivers" report measures vehicle collision frequency in the 200 largest cities in the country. The data shows the average driver in Wichita experiences an auto collision every 12.5 years, which is 20 percent less often than the national average of every 10 years.

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More than 3 million people in Kansas and the region are expected to travel this July Fourth weekend—most of them by car.

It will be the highest number of Independence Day travelers since 2007, according to Triple A. Across the country, nearly 43 million people are set to travel this weekend.

Jennifer Haugh with AAA says low travel costs are a factor: Airline tickets are low and hotels prices are down, and in Kansas, gas is the cheapest it’s been since 2005.

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A temporary TSA PreCheck enrollment site at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport will stay open for an additional week after officials report high demand.

The enrollment site was supposed to close down last Friday, but will stay open until July 1.

It serves as a one-stop shop for people who want to sign up for TSA's PreCheck program, which eliminates the need to remove shoes, laptops, certain liquids, jackets and belts while going through security.

Courtesy: Kansas Department of Transportation

The Kansas Byways Program has grown with the addition of the newly- designated Land and Sky Scenic Byway in northwest Kansas.

The 88-mile route begins in Wallace County in Sharon Springs, runs north through Goodland, and ends at the Kansas/Nebraska border.

Sue Stringer, the Kansas byways manager, says the location of the Land and Sky Scenic Byway will help capture travelers as they enter Kansas from the North and the West to boost tourism in the area.

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A temporary TSA Pre-Check enrollment site will be available next week at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

To be approved for TSA Pre-Check, a traveler must apply and be deemed low-risk. It’s typically awarded to U.S. citizens, nationals and lawful permanent residents who haven’t committed a violent crime or an act of espionage or terrorism.

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33.9 million travelers are expected to hit the road over Memorial Day weekend—the most since 2005 and the second-highest total on record.

According to the AAA Memorial Day Travel Forecast, summertime gas prices are the cheapest they’ve been in 11 years, which is helping boost auto travel over the holiday. Gas prices averaged $2.10 in April. On May 19, the cost of fuel was 45 cents per gallon lower than the price a year ago.

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Updated Tuesday, 10:16 a.m.: The Kansas Department of Transportation says the ramp at I-235 and K-96 will remain open until Tuesday, May 31.

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After a soggy Monday, repairs to bridges over the Big Arkansas River at I-235 in Wichita are expected to resume Tuesday.

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Gov. Sam Brownback’s three options for balancing the state budget include taking about $185 million from the highway fund.

As a result, the Kansas Department of Transportation is holding off on 25 major projects, including two in Reno and Harvey counties.

Fourteen projects will be delayed in fiscal year 2017 at an estimated construction cost of $271 million; 9 projects are on hold in the fiscal year 2018 at an estimated construction cost of $247 million; and two projects are on hold in fiscal year 2019 at an estimated construction cost of $35 million.

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Amtrak service is returning to Wichita for the first time since 1979. The company has announced new bus routes to both Newton and Oklahoma City.

According to Amtrak, the last time one of their trains had direct service to Wichita was in 1979, when the Lone Star route traveled from Houston to Chicago. Those hoping for train service to come back will have to settle for a bus.

The company announced two bus routes will connect Wichita to the Southwest Chief train, which rolls through Newton, and the Heartland Flyer, which goes through Oklahoma City.

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Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport received high marks in a new survey that ranks customer satisfaction. As KMUW’s Nadya Faulx reports, travelers rated the airport using a mobile app on their phones.

Eisenhower came in fourth among small-hub airports in this year’s survey, which was conducted between November 2015 and February 2016.

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