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.
A total of ten new buses will be coming from a California-based manufacturer. They will all be diesel powered.
“The total cost for the acquisition is $4.2 million and a little over 80 percent of that will come from the federal transit commission," Wichita City Manager Robert Layton says. "The rest will be local.”
The Kansas Highway Patrol is launching a 10-day initiative that emphasizes enforcement of a state ban on texting while driving.
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.
But the stepped-up enforcement of the texting ban will run through July 10.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority is considering building a scenic outlook along Interstate 35 to allow travelers to stop and appreciate the Flint Hills.
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.
If the project is successful, it would be the first scenic overlook on the turnpike.
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…
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.
Colorado is joining the effort to preserve the current route of Amtrak's Southwest Chief.
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.
New Mexico will study whether to help pay part of the cost of keeping Amtrak's Southwest Chief on its current route.
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.
John Yaeger of the Legislative Council Service said legal issues will be considered as well as the costs and economic benefits of the proposal.
UPDATE: 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.
Wichita's City Council will discuss whether to re-name Wichita's airport during their regular meeting on Tuesday.
Following a petition drive, council members are weighting whether to re-name Mid-Continent Airport as Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.