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Transportation
10:33 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Wichita Airport Authority Plans Disaster Exercise

The Wichita Airport Authority is planning a large-scale disaster exercise Tuesday, featuring the mock crash of a 737 aircraft.

Tomorrow's exercise begins at 9 a.m. and will be just north of K-42 between two runways at the Wichita airport.

The exercise will include 300 people from various emergency management agencies.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires commercial airports to practice responding to simulated disasters at least every three years.

Airport officials will tweet about the exercise using the Twitter handle @FlyICT and #ICTdrill.

Transportation
1:28 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

KDOT Reveals $1.2 Billion Transportation Plan

The Kansas Department of Transportation is planning $1.2 billion in improvements to the state's highways, bridges and other projects.

Kansas Secretary of Transportation Mike King announced the plan Thursday for fiscal years 2015 and 2016.

The largest projects are a $116 million expansion of the Interstate 235/US 54 Highway interchange in west Wichita, and a $95 million expansion of Kellogg in east Wichita.

Transportation
11:52 am
Wed August 20, 2014

KDOT Looking for Safe, Scenic Bike Routes in Kansas

Cyclists in rural Kansas.
Credit (Flickr Photo by Gene Bisbee)

Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King says his agency is working to find safe, scenic roads for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The department is looking for alternative roads that are better for bikes, and considering improvements to make them more bike-friendly.

"We look at what would make a good ride, what would be a good be a good scenic location and we're looking at adding width to those locations," he says. 

King says there are state roads in Kansas that bicyclists may best avoid and leave to car and truck traffic.

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Transportation
11:42 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Construction Resumes On 37th Street North

Construction work on 37th street north that had previously been postponed has been rescheduled to start on Friday.

37th Street North between Broadway and Hydraulic will be closed.

Thru traffic will detour to 29th Street at Broadway and Hydraulic streets. Local traffic will be allowed to Ohio Street.

The $5.2 million dollar project will widen 37th Street to a three-lane roadway. Construction is also providing area storm drain improvements.

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Transportation
11:39 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Wichita Transit Adds Two Stops On WIchita State Campus

Beginning Monday, Wichita Transit's East 17th Street route will run through the Wichita State University main campus instead of around it.

Wichita Transit buses will use existing WSU Shuttle System bus shelters to provide two inbound and two outbound stops on campus.

Currently, the 17th Street route offers only one stop serving WSU, on the south edge of campus. That stop will be discontinued.

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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 Administration," 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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