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.
The Kansas Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $18 million to 35 projects around the state through its transportation enhancement program.
Transportation Enhancement is a federally funded program that provides cities, counties, and other groups with funding for transportation projects like bike paths, pedestrian traffic, bicycle safety education, historic restoration, scenic highway programs, and the conversion of abandoned railroad lines into trails, among other things.
Wichita passenger rail supporters will get a jump on National Train Day this Friday during a press conference at Union Station building in Wichita.
Though National Train Day is on Saturday, organizers say the 4 p.m. press conference on Friday will provide "significant updates" on passenger rail advocacy in Kansas. Wichita officials say they'll release a major statement regarding rail.
Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner will lead the event; local business representatives who serve on his local Steering Committee will join him.
Starting Wednesday you can use your credit or debit card to pay to park in downtown Wichita.
In a release, city officials said the three-month test project will make it even easier to park in the downtown area.
People who park in the metered lot east of Century II Expo Hall or south of the Central Library will be directed to centralized parking pay stations near the north entrances. The meters in those areas will be out-of-service.
The price to park will remain the same, but drivers can pay with change, credit or debit card.
Wichita officials ushered four new transit buses into service Wednesday.
Mayor Carl Brewer and Wichita Transit Director Steve Spade joined city council members and others for the "inaugural ride."
City council members approved a plan Tuesday to purchase as many as 20 buses in the next two years to upgrade the aging fleet of 56 buses. The transit center's fleet travels nearly 2 million miles annually, and it's one of the oldest in the region.