Transportation

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.

Transportation
10:57 am
Tue March 4, 2014

UPDATE: City Council Passes Motion To Change Mid-Continent To Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

UPDATE:  Wichita's City Council has passed the motion to change Mid-Continent Airport into Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. It will cost the city about $140,000 to change signs at the airport. It wasn't immediately clear when the new name would be posted.

Wichita's City Council will discuss whether to re-name Wichita's airport during their regular meeting on Tuesday.

Following a petition drive, council members are weighting whether to re-name Mid-Continent Airport as Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

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Transportation
10:16 am
Mon February 24, 2014

New Mexico Legislature Ends Session Without Funding Amtrak's Southwest Chief Line

New Mexico's legislature closed its session without making any commitment to fund the state's share of costs to keep Amtrak's Southwest Chief on its current route.

The session ended Thursday with none of the five bills seeking ways to maintain the passenger train line passing.

Amtrak has proposed that New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas all chip in to improve and maintain more than 600 miles of track through their states.

The company says the Southwest Chief's route might change otherwise, causing some communities to lose passenger service.

Transportation
9:55 am
Fri February 21, 2014

House Committee Considers Bill That Would Allow Driver's Licenses To Last Eight Years

The House Transportation Committee is considering a bill that would allow Kansans to renew their driver's licenses for eight years, rather than six years.

House Transportation Committee members were supportive of the idea yesterday, saying it was partly in response to long lines at driver's license offices.

The bill also would allow drivers over age 70 to renew their licenses every five years, rather than four years currently required by state law.

Transportation
11:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Kansas Byways Program Looking For Input For New Bicycle And Pedestrian Plan

Kansas Byways Program wants bikers and walkers in the state to share their ideas for the program's new Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

The plan is to enhance bicycling and pedestrian opportunities for each of the state's 11 scenic and historic byways.

A consulting team led by RDG Planning & Design, Omaha, and CFS Engineers, Topeka is developing the plan.

More information on the survey and planning process can be found at: www.rdgusa.com/crp/kansasbyways.

Transportation
9:45 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Blowing Dust Causes 11-Vehicle Pileup, Three Deaths, In Northwestern Kansas

The Kansas Highway Patrol says blowing dust caused an 11-vehicle pileup near Rexford, in northwestern Kansas on Thursday

High winds and blowing dust reduced visibility to almost zero at the time of the wreck.

The patrol says seven tractor-trailer trucks and four passenger vehicles collided.

The pileup on Highway 83 left three people dead.

The victims were identified as 51-year-old Leonard Scott Breeden of Colby; 57-year-old James Ocie Perrott of Perryton, Texas; and 66-year-old Jerold L. Lamb of Florissant, Colo.

Traffic Fatalities
5:40 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Traffic Deaths Drop in 2013

Kansas Department of Transportation officials are reporting a drop in the number of traffic fatalities in 2013 to the lowest number since statistics were first kept in 1947.

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Transportation
7:21 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Some Rural Bridges May Not Avoid Collapse

Kansas may have more problem bridges than states like California and Illinois, but state engineers say that doesn't tell the whole story.

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Transportation
7:10 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Lawrence Looking At Natural Gas To Fuel New City Buses

City leaders in Lawrence are putting the brakes on plans to purchase new buses for their public transportation fleet. They're giving another look at using compressed natural gas as a power source. The city had planned to buy three diesel and diesel-electric hybrid buses, but it's re-thinking the purchase because of the lower cost of natural gas.

A feasibility study four years ago compared the fuel costs, but that was before natural gas prices dropped and supplies increased.

The average price for diesel fuel nationally is about $3.90 per gallon.

Transportation
6:44 am
Fri July 12, 2013

How Will Passenger Rail Service In Wichita Affect You? City Officials Want To Know

The Southwest Chief Heads west from Kansas toward Trinidad, Colorado.
Credit Wikipedia

Officials want to hear from you about the effect that passenger rail service will have in Wichita.

The Wichita Public Library is hosting a Brown Bag Lunch discussion on the issue at its central location on August 27 at noon, in coordination with the League of Women Voters - Wichita Metro.

Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner will speak. Meitzner is leading Wichita's efforts to enhance transportation.

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