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271 W. 3rd, Ste. 208 - Wichita, KS 67202-1212
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Kansas Department of Transportation is launching the Red Thumb Challenge to raise awareness of the risks of distracted driving. Throughout April, everyone is invited to participate by simply painting a thumbnail red and sharing their support of the initiative on their favorite social media platform using  #RedThumbChallenge.

"Every single day, you see it on the roads. You notice someone veering into your lane or driving slower than everyone else, only to see that driver looking at their phone and not focusing on the road," said Chris Bortz, KDOT Traffic Safety Program Manager."  

By painting a thumbnail red, it serves as an instant reminder not to text while driving. Participants are encouraged to challenge everyone they know who gets behind the wheel to take the Red Thumb Challenge pledge.
Read more about the challenge  HERE .  
In Remembrance 

It is with heartfelt regret that WAMPO share the news of the recent passing of two  of our Transportation Policy Body members; Mayor Clair Donnelly of Maize and Cheney Council Member Karl Koster.  WAMPO sends the friends and family members of both our  sincerest condolences.

Mayor Clair Donnelly

Serving 28 years as a member of the 14  Mayor, Donnelly represented the City of Maize with his presence on committees throughout the entire South Central Kansas region.  Mayor Donnelly was described by his colleagues as "a rare leader of true integrity in this current political landscape . . . he was quiet in his demeanor yet strong in his actions." 

Clair's influence on the City of Maize is visible throughout the town in many ways.   Before his passing, Mayor Donnelly was committed to creating a unique gathering space where families could play, be active, and celebrate.  

This vision included the addition of an amphitheater to the Maize City Park for concerts, ballet, theatre and other entertainment events. 

In light of his vision , Mayor Donnelly's family requests that any donations honoring his memory be made to the Mayor Donnelly Park Memorial Fund:

City of Maize
Attn: Mayor Donnelly Park Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 245
Maize, KS 67101
This is a permanent fund in the City budget where donations will be solely dedicated to park improvements in the City of Maize.   

Council Member Karl Koster

Council Member Koster served the city of Cheney for 15 years, 12 of which were as Mayor.   Koster  served on many regional and county boards, including the WAMPO Transportation Policy Body.  Through his service, Koster demonstrated a commitment  and leadership on behalf of the City of Cheney that will not be forgotten.  

Koster is remembered in this message: 

Carl was wonderful mentor and friend to many and always kept the best interest of the community in mind. Community pride poured out of Carl as he was always excited to attend community events and supported all municipal departments. We are lucky to have had the ideas and ingenuity that Carl brought forth. His effort and guidance will continue to leave a lasting impression on the City of Cheney.

Embedded in the local community Carl will be remembered for his works as a civic leader in the City of Cheney as well as most notably a retired NFL photographer, avid Kansas history buff, and friend and promoter of rural Kansas.   

Bicycle & Pedestrian News

WSU  Bicycle & Pedestrian 
Count Event Update!  

Seniors at the WSU Department of Public Health Sciences celebrated National
Public Health Week by conducting an on campus Bicycle and Pedestrian Count in early April with help from WAMPO and Bike Walk Wichita.   

The goal of the project was the help students and WSU stakeholders understand safety and active transportation around campus.  

Interested in volunteering the annual  regional count event? 

Save the dates now!
Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 22, 2018 from Noon to 2:00 PM

Click on the link to view the 2018 Event Flyer
Contact Tricia Thomas for more details at 316-352-4860 or email tthomas@wichita.gov

Wichita Transit Updates

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced approximately $264 million in project selections to improve the safety and reliability of America's bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders across the country. A total of 139 projects in 52 states and territories, which includes Wichita, will receive funding from FTA's Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program.
"Every day, working families across America rely on buses, and these grants will ensure that these vital services continue to be both safe and efficient," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The grants will fund projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate and construct bus-related facilities, such as buildings for bus storage and maintenance.

Upcoming Events

Curbside Chat

Want to learn how you can help make your neighborhood or city healthier, more resilient, and financially stronger?  Join us on May 1st at Wichita Art Museum at 5:15 to learn more. https://curbsidechat.eventbrite.com

May Is Bike Month!

Visit  https://www.bikemonthict.org/ for details and events.  
Bike Anytime with Bike Share ICT!

Whether you're a biking commuter or student, o r the recreational cyclist, you'll love the convenience and low-cost of Bike Share ICT.  Use Bike Share ICT to tour the town, ride to w ork, get fresh air and make memories!
It's clear, people love Bike Share ICT!  They report over 9,600 total rides since opening in May of 2017!  Help them reach the 10,000 mark by their 1 year anniversary!

SHE Bikes Summit + Ride 

May 19, 2018 at Wichita State University RSC Ballroom 8:30am-12pm

The ladies of WomenBikeICT, Black Girls Do Bike, and the WSU HEALTH Student Association are excited to announce Wichita's first women's bike summit + ride!

Registration for the summit + ride is free thanks to our generous sponsors, but reserve your seat + swag bag today!
  • Connect with local ladies
  • Breakout sessions on riding gravel, commuting, fitness, long distance cycling, and more
  • Inspiring speakers
  • Delicious and healthy breakfast and snacks
  • Information on local bike groups, organizations, and resources
  • Swag Bag + raffles
  • 11am - Slow Roll Group ride

Spring Cycle Spectacular

Come rock the ballpard with stationary cycle classes taught by certified instructions.  Learn more about this FREE event at the following link or by clicking on the image below: 

Open WAMPO Requests For Proposals (RFP)

The Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO) is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to provide operational planning assistance for:
  • The update of our the WAMPO Metropolitan Transportation Plan 
  • Development and update to the 2010 WAMPO Freight Plan
  • To development of a WAMPO Regional Transit Plan 

Submission Deadline Friday, May 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM CST.  
Click  HERE  to view the full RFP document. 

Designed to help meet the current and anticipated future need for walkable place-making in the WAMPO region, the Planning Walkable Places Program is focused on non-construction planning projects that promote vibrancy, community, and economic vitality today and over the long term.  Click on the below links to review the full details of the current open request(s) for proposal: 

Deadline: Friday, May 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM CST

Deadline: Monday, May 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM CST

Pending Release Spring/Summer 2018:
  • Bel Aire Bicylce & Pedestiran Plan Update
  • Mulvane Wayfinding Signage Plan
  • Rose Hill Pedestrian Plan
  • Valley Center Pedestrian & Bicycle Facilities Master Plan Update
  • Wichita Transit Accessiblity Study
For project details click HERE.  

Thanks to all who assisted us in reviewing our proposed documents and sharing your perspectives on the regional transportation system over these past few months. 

Approval Notice:
MOVE 2040 Amendment #3 Approved
On March 13, 2018 the Transportation Policy Body approved the third amendment to the MOVE 2040 long range transportation plan. Click HERE to review the amendment summary.  

Amendment Notice: 

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
A public review and comment period is now open for 5th amendment to the WAMPO TIP.   

The TIP is a short-range program that identifies transportation projects to be implemented in the WAMPO region over a 4 year period.  All projects using Federal funds in the region are required to be included in the TIP and represented in the long-range transportation plan (MOVE 2040).  

To review the project changes please check out our web-based Project Tracker by clicking   HERE  and select "Draft Project List."  

Comments will be accepted until Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Please submit comments and questions to Kristen Zimmerman, Senior Planner at  kzimmerman@wichita.gov or call 316-352-4862.  
Wichita North Junction
Check out this new video released by Sedgwick County about the Wichita North Junction! 

Upcoming WAMPO Meetings

The general public, WAMPO partners, and stakeholders are welcome to join us at any of our upcoming regularly scheduled meetings:   

Transportation Policy
Body (TPB)

Transportation Advisory
Committee (TAC)

The TPB develops, implements and approves WAMPO's transportation plans. As the regional forum for transportation planning, the TPB helps to establish a vision for the future of our transportation system.  The following is a listing of upcoming TPB meetings:

271 W. 3rd Street - 2nd Floor,
Wichita, KS 67202 at 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday,May 8, 2018
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The TAC reviews technical information about transportation studies and issues as well as providing the TPB with their professional recommendations on documents, plans, and activities. The following is a listing of upcoming TAC meetings:
271 W. 3rd Street - 2nd Floor,
Wichita, KS 67202 at 10:00 am
  • Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Monday, July 23, 2018
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316.268.4315 - wampo@wichita.gov  - www.wampo.org
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