Category Archives: Transportation

Transportation and Ag secretaries to discuss rural highway capacities in Kansas

TOPEKA – State Transportation Secretary Deb Miller and Agriculture Secretary Josh Svaty will be in Wichita Monday discussing a report examining rural highway capacity.

The study by American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is called “Connecting Rural and Urban America.”

The meeting will be 11 a.m., Aug. 30, 3400 N. Broadway, Wichita.

In case of rain, the event will be conducted at the KDOT Wichita Metro Office at 45th Street and North Hillside.

Airport activity generates about half of Kansas’ aviation economic impact

airportrenoTOPEKA – Kansas airports generate about $10.4 billion in economic activity, a study released Wednesday by the state Transportation Department showed.

That is about half of the commonly cited $20 billion economic impact from aviation over all.

The study was funded in part by a $337,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and $16,500 from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller said she was surprised by just how much airports – from large hubs to small regional sites – contributed to the state.

“I would never have guessed that 50 percent of the economic impact of aviation came from on airport activities,” she said.

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KDOT releases study of passenger rail service between Kansas City and Dallas-Fort Worth

TOPEKA – The state Transportation Department released a study Thursday detailing the potential costs and ridership numbers of four scenarios which would restore passenger rail service to Wichita.

All four routes would connect Kansas City to Oklahoma City and Dallas-Fort Worth and costs range from $156 million to $479 million. The study estimated the plans would attract between 65,900 and 174,000 riders annually.

The full study, including details on the four options with costs and ridership numbers is available at the Kansas Department of Transportation website.

The study was commissioned by Amtrak and the KDOT.

The most expensive option would be daytime service from Kansas City and Dallas-Fort Worth. It is also projected to attract the most riders.

The least expensive option would extend the Heartland Flyer route from Fort Worth up to Newton, where riders would switch trains and take the existing Southwest Chief into Kansas City. That plan, which would run at night would attract 92,500 riders, the study anticipated.

All four plans include stops in Wichita.

At 1:30 p.m., Secretary of Transportation Deb Miller is presenting the study to a joint meeting of the House and Senate Transportation committee.

For more, read Friday’s Wichita Eagle.

Several states make it tougher for illegal immigrants to get licenses

Last Sunday, The Eagle reported on new state laws that make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to obtain drivers licenses.

For a look at what other states are doing, check out this new Stateline.org piece that explores a “handful of states that issue licenses to illegal immigrants are stepping up efforts to combat fraud and identity theft. That means stricter rules for ensuring immigrants live in-state and are who they say they are.”