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Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
271 W. 3rd, Ste. 208 - Wichita, KS 67202-1212
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

As we start a new year, WAMPO is excited to look back at all the progress and connections we have made. 

Check out the following links to view some of the new information available at the www.wampo.org website: 

After weeks of analysis and review of proposals, data and public comments the WAMPO Project Selection Committee has made a recommendation to the WAMPO Transportation Policy Body.   

The recommendation includes a new list of  projects that are being proposed for inclusion in the REIMAGINED MOVE 2040 metropolitan transportation plan (MTP).   Here are a few highlights from the recommended list of WAMPO funded projects:  

THANK YOU!  WAMPO would like to share a great big thank you to everyone who participated in the review and comment period assoicated with the the proposed WAMPO funded projects!   Check out the engagement highlights below:
  • 6,776 people reviewed the survey
  • 1,320 people responded to the survey
    • 10,110 questions we answered among the 113 project pages
    • 742 additional comments were submitted 
Curious about what people said?  Check out the response results by clicking on the link below: 

The Reimagined MOVE 2040 long-range metropolitan transportation plan (MTP) sets the vision and strategy for all regional transportation decision making for the next 20 years and has direct impacts on the local transportation system, which includes roads, bridges, bike paths, transit, etc.  

Because of this, it is crucial that residents and community partners participate in the process of updating our current plan, which is due in July of 2020. 

Interested in having one of our staff present at your community meeting or just want to chat a little more  about the  details?  Let us know!    Contact Tricia Thomas, WAMPO Communications Manager at  tricia.thomas@wampo.org  or call our main line at  316-779-1313.  
The Results Are In! 

Click on above invite to RSVP or email  it to Jeannette.Livingston@sedgwick.gov


Last month Wichita Transit welcomed four brand new Proterra Catalyst Electric Buses  making Wichita the first city in Kansas to operate 100% electric, zero emission buses. 

The new electric buses will provide a quiet, comfortable ride, and each overnight charge provides enough power to travel 150 miles. Evergy, the electric services company in Wichita, has partnered with Wichita Transit to provide lower electricity rates for overnight charging.

The new electric buses are scheduled to hit the streets in early 2020 along with seven battery-electric vehicles that will replace the aging Q-line trolleys.

Learn More About the Proterra Catalyst: www.proterra.com/vehicles/catalyst-electric-bus/


WAMPO is hosting a professional development webinar series that are
FREE and open to the public covering topics related to planning, design, constru ction, maintenance, and policy. 

RSVPs are encouraged, but not  required to the attention of Bethany Phelps at bethany.phelps@wampo.org.

All upcoming webinars will be held at 271 W. 3rd, St. Room 203, Wichita, KS 67202 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM CST.   

February 19, 2020
June 17, 2020
October 21, 2020
March 18, 2020
July 15, 2020
November 18, 2020
April 15, 2020 
August 19, 2020
December 16, 2020
May 20, 2020
September 16, 2020

Bike Walk Book + Conversation Club
click HERE for details

Our friends over at Bike Walk Wichita are welcoming the community to join in a 2020 book series conversation club.   

Discussions will be will be guided by Bike Walk Wichita members and  is open to anyone interested in reading and chatting about the series selections.  
  • Read-a-long: January-February 2020
  • Virtual Chapter Discussion: Starts this week!
  • Meet Up: TBA 
Want learn more?  Visit www.bikewalkwichita.org/book-club/ 

Wichita Transit, in coordination with WAMPO, is conducting a Transit Accessibility study to better align routes, bus stops, and amenities with ridership patterns and regional priorities for walkability. 

A public open house and mobile meetings are scheduled for today along with web-based opportunities to provide feedback!  

Mobile Meetings 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, noon - 3 p.m. 
On transit buses running Routes 15, 21, 22, 25 

Open House
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Wichita Transit Center, 214 S. Topeka Street, Wichita, KS 67202

Online Survey
Available now through January 31, 2020

During these events, community members will be able to review the existing system and comment on the community needs, challenges and opportunities. 

Information collected at these events will be used to provide a recommendation on how the City should work to improve pedestrian access, safety, and comfort related to transit services.

Wichita Transit is the largest transit system in the state of Kansas, and the first to operate zero-emission battery-electric buses. Serving more than 1.3 million riders in 2019, Wichita Transit operates 18 fixed bus routes six days a week. Transit services include traditional fixed routes, a downtown trolley service, and a demand-response paratransit service. Complete route and schedule information are available at wichitatransit.org.

The 2019 ozone season was a very good one for the Wichita region. Ozone levels at the three monitors in the Wichita metro area ranged from 60-62 parts per billion, well under the federal limit of 70 parts per billion.  
This is our fifth year in a row of good ozone levels.  These results will help keep us in attainment of federal air quality standards.  Check out the Air Quality Index Air Monitoring by visiting the following web-address.

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. 

2020 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
On December 10, 2019 the Transportation Policy Body adopted the 2020 UPWP.  This document lists and describes the planning activities that WAMPO and our planning partners will perform during the calendar year.  

Click HERE to review it today.  


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

To review the project changes please check out the web-based Project Tracker by clicking   HERE and select "Draft Project List."  Comments will be accepted until 
Thursday, January 30th at 5:00 PM

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).  

Please submit comments and questions to Kristen Zimmerman, Senior Planner at  kristen.zimmerman@wampo.org or call 316-779-1319.

Want to learn more about the amendment?  Join us at the regular public meeting of the WAMPO  Transportation Policy Body, February 11th at 3:00 PM.   Public meetings will be held on the second floor conference room at 271 W. Third Street, Suite 208, Wichita, KS 67202.  


Thank you in advance for your support of transportation planning in our region!


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

Policy  Body (TPB) 
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, February 11, 2020
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020
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, February 24, 2020
  • Monday, March 23, 2020
  • Monday, April 27, 2020

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316.779.1313 -   www.wampo.org
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