Transportation

Transportation
10:34 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Emporia Residents Raising Funds For Amtrak Impact Study

A group of Emporia residents is trying to raise funds for an impact study in the hopes of bringing Amtrak back to Emporia.

Members of the Emporia Amtrak Task Force have been talking to Amtrak and BNSF railroad staff, as well as Emporia State University and community leaders.

BNSF owns the tracks on which Amtrak's Southwest Chief runs.

Transportation
4:27 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

City Of Wichita To Acquire 10 New Buses

The inside of a current Wichita Transit bus
Credit Sean Sandefur

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.”

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Transportation
12:25 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Highway Patrol Launches 10-Day Initiative To Crack Down On Texting While Driving

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.

Transportation
1:07 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Turnpike Authority Considers Scenic Flint Hills Outlook

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.

Transportation
12:18 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

TSA Precheck Enrollment Center Now Open In Wichita

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.

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Transportation
12:01 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Officials To Enforce Ban On Political Campaign Signs Alongside State Highways

The Kansas Department of Transportation is warning political candidates that the agency’s crews will remove campaign signs found alongside the state’s highways.

The department notes that Kansas law prohibits campaign signs and billboards on a highway right-of-way. The law allows only guide, warning or regulatory signs in those spaces.

The reminder of the rule comes as campaigning ramps up before the state’s Aug. 5 primary.

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Transportation
11:19 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Colorado Joins Effort To Keep Southwest Chief Rolling Along Its Current Route

The Southwest Chief heads west through Colorado.
Credit Wikipedia

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. 

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Transportation
12:17 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Kansas Department Of Transportation Says It Was An Expensive Winter

The Kansas Department of Transportation says the winter season of 2014 was its most expensive in years.

The department spent about $22 million dollars to keep state highways open for travel during the rough winter weather.

That's the most the department's had to spend since the winter of 2008, when it spent nearly 24 million dollars.

This year's numbers won't be finalized until the end of the fiscal year.

Transportation
10:43 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Portland-Based Seaport Airlines To Bring Commercial Services To Great Bend

SeaPort Airlines has been chosen to provide commercial service from Great Bend in central Kansas.

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued an order Monday granting the Portland, Oregon-based airline a two-year contract under the federal Essential Air Service program.

The contract calls for 18 round-trip flights per week, including two daily flights to Wichita and one to Kansas City on weekdays.

Three weekend flights are also planned.

Transportation
10:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

New Mexico Considers Chipping In With Kansas And Colorado To Help Fund Southwest Chief Line

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.

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