Transportation

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Recently released data shows U.S. driving is up 3.3 percent for the first six months of 2016, the number is even higher in Kansas.

Travel on the state highway system in Kansas is up 3.6 percent over where it was in 2015.

Ann Williamson with the Kansas Department of Transportation says it’s a good sign for travelers.

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As travelers plan to hit the road this Labor Day weekend, the Kansas Department Of Transportation is offering useful tools online. KDOT Spokesperson Ann Williamson says the traveler assist system – kandrive.org – can be a helpful resource.

"You can go see camera pictures of the roads, you can also map out your route and then there are links to other travel info, as well as being able to see the weather," she says.

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Passenger numbers at Wichita's airport were down for July over last year, but they don't tell the whole story.

This July, close to 153,000 passengers flew through Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. That was a dip from July of 2015, when the airport saw more than 158,000 passengers. It was the first monthly decline this year.

But Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell said at his weekly briefing that last summer’s passenger count was unusually high.

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The public is being invited to give input on the Arkansas River Crossing-95th Street South (ARC95) Study.

Meetings will be held to discuss the needs and feasibility of improving the 95th Street corridor in southern Sedgwick County. The study area includes 95th Street South between Greenwich Road and Meridian Avenue, with an initial focus on the section between Woodlawn Boulevard and Broadway Avenue.

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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.

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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.

TSA Pre-Check Enrollment Coming To Wichita Airport

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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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