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5:34 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Mayor Announces Opening Dates For New Airport Terminal And Parking Lot

Credit Deborah Shaar

On Thursday, Mayor Jeff Longwell announced that Wichita Eisenhower National Airport's new terminal is scheduled to open on June 3.

He also mentioned that the new airport parking lot, as well as the rental car center, will be open to the public next Wednesday.

“The new terminal and the addition of the new Parking Garage and Rental Car Center represent a significant improvement for travelers and other customers visiting Eisenhower Airport,” Longwell says.

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Transportation
1:51 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Kansas Legislature Passes Uber Compromise

Credit Jason Tester Guerrilla Futures, flickr Creative Commons

The Kansas Legislature has approved a compromise with the ride-hailing service Uber that should bring the company back to Kansas. As Stephen Koranda reports, the bill is now headed to Governor Sam Brownback for consideration.

Both chambers in the Kansas Legislature easily passed the compromise, which adds background checks for drivers and insurance requirements.

Some lawmakers say similar laws could appear around the country.

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Transportation
2:14 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Union Pacific Plans To Spend $120 Million On Kansas Rail

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Union Pacific says it plans to spend about $120 million this year in Kansas to improve the state's rail infrastructure.

The company announced in a news release Tuesday that it will spend almost $110 million to maintain railroad track. Other expenditures include $2.2 million to improve its signal systems and $7.5 million to maintain or replace bridges in the state.

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Transportation
5:00 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Ruts And Potholes: The Future Of Wichita's Worst Streets

Large ruts mar the surface of Belmont Street, near Pawnee
Sean Sandefur

A sales tax referendum on last November’s ballot would’ve put an estimated $27.8 million dollars towards street repairs in Wichita. The referendum was defeated, but the cracks and potholes remain. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur takes a driving tour of some of the city’s worst roads and has this report…

When you map out the streets that would have received a bit of TLC from the defeated sales tax, you see whole neighborhoods that are crisscrossed with course, uneven asphalt and concrete.

Belmont Street, from Pawnee to Kinkaid in southwest Wichita, is about as bad as it gets.

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Transportation
5:04 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Local Business Owners Come Together To Enhance K-96 Bike Trail

Credit Armstrong Chamberlin Marketing

The K-96 bike path will soon have new signage thanks to a donation by a group of local business owners. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

The City of Wichita received a donation of “wayfinding” signs, which will be installed along the K-96 bike path from Dr. Glen Dey Park to 127th Street East. The signage is being funded by Together Wichita, a group started by Wichita Eagle Publisher Kim Nussbaum. It now includes a number of local business leaders including Armstrong Chamberlin Marketing. 

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Transportation
4:13 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Kansas Legislature Overrides Veto Of Uber Bill

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The Kansas House and Senate have voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill regulating Uber and other ride-hailing services, which connect riders and drivers. That prompted Uber to suspend service in the state.

The bill requires background checks for drivers and adds insurance requirements. Republican state Senator Jeff Longbine says this veto override is aimed at keeping negotiations moving.

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Transportation
6:18 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Mayor Jeff Longwell Talks Transit

Credit Sean Sandefur

New mayor Jeff Longwell is getting to work on some of the city's problems and, on Thursday, he was talking transit. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports.

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Transportation
9:37 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Kansas Homeowners Believe State Budget Cuts Affecting Local Highway Project

The Iversons at their home near Alta Vista.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Kansas lawmakers have shifted hundreds of millions of dollars out of the State Highway Fund to help balance the budget in recent years. While this will likely cause some road maintenance projects to be delayed, other upgrades are still moving forward.

One of those projects affects homeowners in northeast Kansas who are convinced the transportation department is now cutting corners because of the state's tight budget. Stephen Koranda traveled to Alta Vista to learn more.

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Transportation
4:36 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Highway Funding Proposal Hasn’t Swayed Kansas Congresswoman

Rep. Lynn Jenkins speaking during a stop in Topeka.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Lawmakers in Congress face a deadline next month to pass legislation funding the nation's highway system.

The current law will expire at the end of May.

Stephen Koranda reports, Republican Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says one solution is off the table.

Jenkins says Republican leaders in the U.S. House probably won’t consider a hike in the gas tax.

Some other proposals would change tax rules for overseas corporate profits and earmark that money as a highway funding stream. But Jenkins isn’t entire on board with that idea.

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Transportation
1:07 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Uber Steps Up Lobbying Efforts In Kansas

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Ride-hailing company Uber is increasing its lobbying efforts to persuade Governor Sam Brownback to veto a bill Uber says will force it to leave the state.

The bill would increase the insurance requirements for Uber drivers and force them to undergo background checks through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Uber connects drivers and riders through a mobile app.

The company has arranged for a truck with a sign saying, "SB 117 Destroys Kansas Jobs" to circle downtown Topeka since the bill passed the Legislature.

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