Wichita Transit

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.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Electric buses will soon be on Wichita’s streets.

Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service

WICHITA, Kansas — This city’s buses all run on diesel.

They navigate Wichita streets with the distinctive rumble of their time-tested engines, belching the distinctive smell of diesel and a concoction of carbon monoxide, particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.

That exhaust clouds the air locally and adds to the greenhouse gases steadily transforming the climate globally.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Andrew Crane relies heavily on public transportation.

He takes the bus from his home in west Wichita to downtown, often with his guide dog, Vaughn.

But the trip isn’t easy to navigate: Route maps aren’t available in Braille, and many bus stops aren’t clearly marked.

Electric Scooters Set To Come To Downtown Wichita

Jun 4, 2019
City of Wichita

Wichita is a step closer to having electric scooters on city streets.

The Wichita City Council endorsed a new electric scooter pilot program at its meeting Tuesday. If the program receives final approval next week, electric scooters could be in downtown Wichita by late summer.

KMUW

More electric buses may be on the way to Wichita.

The City Council voted Tuesday to move forward on a federal grant application for the purchase of six electric buses.

If approved, the nearly $6 million grant could mean electric buses on the street as early as 2019. Electric buses are quieter, better for the environment and more fuel efficient than diesel buses.

The city has applied for two other grants and has received $4 million, according to Mike Tann, Wichita’s transit director.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW/File photo

The city of Wichita will be getting new trolley buses soon.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded Wichita Transit a $2.6 million grant to replace older Q-Line trolley buses that are at the end of their service life.

The new trolleys will help the city keep up with a growing number of riders and increased service.

Sean Sandefur / KMUW/File photo

A sustainability report shows more people are taking advantage of Wichita's public transportation.

Sean Sandefur / KMUW/File photo

Wichita Public Schools and Wichita Transit have formed a new partnership to get some students off to school on a city bus.

The pilot program, launched this week at seven middle and high schools, is for students who live less than two and a half miles from school, and who don't qualify to ride the school bus.

City bus passes will be available for $20 dollars a month instead of the usual $55.

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Wichita Transit is trying out a new program it says will help people in food deserts get to grocery stores.

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