Transportation

Transportation
6:51 am
Wed November 28, 2012

A Conversation With The New Director Of Wichita Transit

The transit center in downtown Wichita.
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Amid budget problems, fare increases and services cuts, Wichita Transit welcomed a new director last month. Stephen Spade was most recently transit director in Chapel Hill, N.C. He also served as general manager for the transit service in Des Moines, Iowa.

Spade started work in Wichita on October 30, he says he was interested in the Wichita job because he and his wife are from the Midwest and wanted to be closer to family.

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Transportation
6:09 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Vehicle Fatalities Trending In The Wrong Direction

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According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 39 people died on state roads and highways during the month of October. For the first 10 months of this year, 352 people have died in highway accidents.

For the past several years, motor vehicle fatalies have been have generally been on a downward trend in Kansas.

But at the current pace, Kansas will have 430 traffic deaths by the end of the year. 

Tim McCool, a traffic safety specialist with the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office, said there have been more fatalities at this point in 2012 than there was in 2011.

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Transportation
1:11 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Crash Near Mid-Continent Airport Kills Fed Ex Pilot

A small plane crashed Tuesday south of Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, killing the pilot.

The pilot, who was not identified, was the only person on board.

Tony Molinaro, spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, says the pilot of the Cessna reported engine trouble shortly after taking off from Mid-Continent Airport. Molinaro says the pilot was trying to return to the airport when the crash occurred about two miles from Mid-Continent. He says the plane was headed to Garden City.

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Transportation
2:24 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Kansas Turnpike Rates To Increase Feb. 1

The Kansas Turnpike Authority announced Monday that cash rates for cars and light trucks will increase an average of 10 percent on February 1.

Rates for K-TAG users will increase an average of 5 percent.

Drivers of large commercial vehicles will pay about 5 percent more, whether they pay cash or use the electronic K-TAG.

The Turnpike Authority said in a news release Monday the increased revenue will pay for future capital needs, including deck replacements for some of the turnpike's 348 bridges.

No tax dollars are used to maintain the turnpike.

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Transportation
5:16 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Kansas Gas Prices Jump

A gas pump in San Diego, California.
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Gas prices in Kansas have been on the rise.

Jim Hanni of AAA Kansas says it’s not because of an uptick in demand. Instead, it’s because of a possible supply problem.

“There are concerns that we may not be able to get oil at the same pace out of the Middle East, and that certainly what’s been driving the increase in gas prices at the pump here now,” says Hanni.

He says that the uncertainty of the Middle Eastern oil supply is affecting the Midwest more than anywhere else in the nation.

Transportation
4:41 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

State Wants Changes To Motor Vehicle System

Kansas is renegotiating its contract with the company that supplied the state with its new motor vehicle system.

The state’s contract with the company, 3M, was supposed to end Friday. But Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan said the state has a list of changes it wants made to the system before signing off on the contract.

Since the state launched the new $40 million motor vehicle system May 9th many county treasurers’ offices have complained about problems with the system that tie up their clerks and increase the amount of time it takes to process customers.

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Transportation
12:34 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Wichita Transit Board Wants Quarter-Cent Sales Tax Increase

Wichita transit advisory board members voted Friday for a quarter-cent sales tax increase to be put on the ballot. The additional money would attempt to stabilize the city’s bus system, which was just recently spared additional cuts to service.

The next step is for the Wichita City Council to consider the request and determine when to put the issue on the ballot or if it should go to a public vote at all.

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Transportation
1:07 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Community Reacts To Transit Cuts

Wichita City officials took public comments Monday on the most recent round of proposed cuts to the city’s bus services.

Under consideration is reducing stops during peak times from every half hour to every hour, eliminating twice daily service to the Goodwill at 37th and Oliver, and eliminating the west side connector, which includes service to Mid Continent Airport.

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