En Route

KMUW's Beth Golay brings us stories and voices from transit riders as they navigate their way around our city. In 2020, En Route was awarded first place in the editorial/commentary category by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. Listen for a new conversation each month on The Range

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The Range | Oct. 16, 2020

Oct 16, 2020
Beth Golay / KMUW

Ronald Fleming is a regular on Wichita Transit. But most riders probably don't know him by that name.

This week on The Range, we go en route with the man who calls himself "The Cowboy."

Plus, we travel to Winfield, where city leaders are taking charge of their green energy future.

Hugo Phan / KMUW

Wichita is in the process of replacing its vintage-looking trolleys with new electric vehicles. But with the free Q Line on hiatus because of the pandemic, it's anyone's guess when the public will be able to ride them. Today on The Range, we go en route the new Q.

Plus, we've heard it hundreds of times by now: Fill out the census. But what are we missing out on if we don't? (Turns out, a lot.)

The Range | Aug. 14, 2020

Aug 14, 2020
Beth Golay / KMUW

In her job as an investigator for the federal public defenders office in Wichita, Cecilia Wood was given an assignment: explore how her clients' lives are affected by their dependence on the Wichita transit system.

Her approach? Give up her car for a year and learn to rely on the bus.

"To understand what [our clients] go through with the transportation system is huge," she says. "I've had a car my entire life."

The Range | July 17, 2020

Jul 17, 2020
Beth Golay / KMUW

You never know who you'll get to talk to while waiting for a bus in Wichita — this week on The Range, we meet an aspiring hip hop artist.

We also enjoy one of the few summer traditions not canceled by the coronavirus: a visit to the sweet corn stand.

The Range | June 12, 2020

Jun 12, 2020
Cecilia Golay for KMUW

This week on The Range, we meet a longtime Wichitan who's crisscrossed the city many times over, courtesy of public transit.

And, we talk to Junetta Everett, chair of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, about why diversity is more than a box to check off — and how companies can improve when it comes to inclusion.

The Range | May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020
Cecilia Golay for KMUW

Wichita Transit has made big changes to how its buses are run in order to keep riders and drivers safe during the pandemic: more frequent cleanings, more open seats. Those measures are even more important on the system's paratransit vans that take riders from their doors to medical and dental appointments, hospital visits, even dialysis.

This week, we meet a driver who, despite the added challenges that have come with COVID-19, says it's "the best job" she's ever had.

Beth Golay / KMUW

Though it seems just about everything is shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic — stores, restaurants, salons — Wichita's public buses are still running, taking riders to and from essential jobs. On this week's episode of The Range, we spend some time with the people who keep those buses germ-free.

Beth Golay / KMUW

In this week's episode, we go en route with a California transplant (there seem to be a lot of those here) who loves Wichita's public transit system, but not its weather.

The Range | Feb. 21, 2020

Feb 21, 2020
Nicole Grimes / KMUW

Catch the 16 to 26 bus that loops across south Wichita, and you might just have the pleasure of having Juan Arriaga as your driver. This week, we're en route with the self-described "Cali boy."

The Range | Jan. 17, 2020

Jan 17, 2020
Beth Golay / KMUW

On this episode of The Range (our first!), Beth Golay brings us a love story from an unlikely place: the bus stop. She rides Route 21 with Sylvia, whose husband, Samuel, has faithfully walked her to and from her stop for years.