Transportation

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City officials say Wichita's bus system will see a decline in service next year without added revenue. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more.

The future of Wichita’s operating budget was presented to city council members on Tuesday morning.

Mark Manning, budget officer with the city’s finance department, says future budgets look to be balanced, but that future revenue growth won’t be enough to fill a reduction in transit funding.

Sean Sandefur

Wichita Transit’s Free Fares Week launches next week, running Monday through Saturday. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Free Fares Week is designed to give new transit riders the opportunity to experience the public transit system for rides to work, school, errands and recreation.

Wichita Transit provided 58,415 rides during Free Fares Week in 2014. It's estimated that nearly 304,000 private vehicle miles were avoided and more than 400 pounds of ozone forming emissions were kept out of the air.

Sean Sandefur

The brand new terminal at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport officially opened this morning. Between the last flight at the old terminal and the first flight at the new one, employees closed down food stalls, moved computers and organized a parade of planes to their new gates. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur got a behind the scenes look last night and has this report…

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will participate in a public meeting on Monday, June 8, to review the metropolitan transportation planning process for the Wichita area. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The meeting gives both agencies the opportunity to jointly review the metropolitan transportation planning process for the Wichita Metropolitan Area. It's also designed to allow Wichitans to give their ideas and feedback.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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