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October 2020 | Fall Newsletter

National Spotlight
Transportation, COVID-19, and Seniors

We’ve long known that a lack of access to transportation can negatively affect health outcomes for older adults.

In addition, a loss of independence and reduced involvement in social activities and personal hobbies brought about by not having access to transportation often results in social isolation, which also negatively impacts the health of older adults.

As growing numbers of older adults become affected by stay-at-home orders as a means of social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, addressing social isolation is increasingly important.

What do these orders mean for older adults who need to access rides for critical medical appointments or treatment for chronic health conditions?

Or for older adults who, before the COVID-19 outbreak, were dealing with loneliness and social isolation, and who are now experiencing isolation at a greater level?

Read More Here to learn about how transportation providers are addressing the need to connect during a time when people are hesitant to leave their homes.

Photo Credit: Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative
WAMPO Regional News
After receiving a Kansas Traffic Engineering Assistance Program grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation in March, the City of Cheney has conducted a traffic study to help determine the safety options for their Main Street. Plans for future investment include options for safe bicycle and pedestrian access to the Sedgwick County Fairgrounds and a new Activities Complex and Park located on South Main Street.
Sedgwick County
The Sedgwick County Public Works department received the news of their successful application to the 2022 Off-System Bridge Program. Across the state KDOT received dozens of applications with requests of more than $46 million in federal funding.
The North Junction
Check out some recent news on the the oft-congested interchange of I-135 and I-235 in north Wichita by clicking on the below links:
Infrastructure, Security and Vehicle Considerations for Autonomous Transportation

Webinar: Tomorrow! Friday, October 16, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

  • AAA (Heathrow, FL)
  • City of Wichita, KS
  • Toyota Motor North America
  • 3M Transportation Safety Division

There is still click HERE to register.

Many of the challenges around and concerns about connected and self-driving vehicles involve safety and security.

Central to the operational success and public acceptance of future AV transportation systems are complex, robust transportation infrastructure, secure cyber security systems and advanced vehicles that interconnect within the network.

Learn about future driverless vehicles, as well as the requirements of transportation and security infrastructure for AV systems and what is being done to ensure they are met.
Plan now to enjoy each day of October’s pleasant temperatures with a friend, child, spouse, co-worker, neighbor or pet. You might get hooked! Forming a walking habit is comfortable with the partnership and accountability of friendship, family, neighbors, co-worker or dog. Walking-and-talking is relaxing for mental health and stimulating to body’s health.

To see a calandar of planned activitie and to learn more please visit:

WAMPO has some new team members!

Stay connected by downloaded the updated version of the WAMPO Staff directory.

The general public, WAMPO partners, and stakeholders are welcome to join us at any of our upcoming regularly scheduled meetings:  
In consideration of the current public health concerns, the regular in-person meetings will be replaced with remote using the following links:

November 10th Meeting:
Dial in: +1 (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 451-433-645
December 8th Meeting:
Dial in: +1 (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 397-624-045
January 12th Meeting:
Dial In: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 628-652-221