Regional Transportation News & Updates

Spring 2022 Newsletter

April is National Distracted Driving

Awareness Month

Taking Action Against Distracted Driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and new National Safety Council (NSC) estimates show that our roads are the most dangerous they’ve been in years - on a typical day, eight people are killed and hundreds more are injured in distraction-affected crashes. "Distracted driving" is driving while doing another activity that takes the driver’s attention away from driving, and it can increase the chances of a motor vehicle crash. In testimony in front of the Kansas Senate Transportation Committee regarding distracted driving due to cell phone usage, Jason Wetzel, Regional Manager for State Government Relations for General Motors, stated “Distracted drivers, while engaged in the behavior, exhibit similar behaviors to drunk drivers including slow reaction times, erratic speeds, weaving and sudden breaking.” Currently, SB113 - “Creating the distracted driving violation and prohibiting the use of a wireless telecommunications device while operating a motor vehicle” - is under consideration in the Kansas Senate Transportation Committee. If passed, this bill would create a hands-free cellphone policy for Kansans under 18, plus all drivers in a construction zone or school zone.

Visit the National Safety Council website to learn more about what you can do, to prevent distracted driving.

Kansas Department of Transportation

Annual Report is Ready!

Learn about KDOT projects and the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation ("IKE") Program.

Annual Report - Click Here

Annual Report Appendix - Click Here

Transportation Spotlight

Check out some of the regional transit websites for service information in our jurisdictions:


Derby Dash: On-demand public transportation since 2007, providing affordable services within the Derby city limits. Click here for details.


Haysville Hustle: Curb-to-curb service is provided to locations within the Haysville city limits. Click here for details.


Wichita Transit: Check out the Real Time Bus Locator here.


Wichita Q Line: Free transportation allowing visitors and locals to explore downtown Wichita and popular districts and businesses. Click here for details.


Butler County Transit: General public transportation program offering routes throughout the county. Click here for details.


Sedgwick County Transportation: Providing eligible Sedgwick County residents with safe, accessible, affordable, and friendly transportation. Click here for details.

May is Bicycle Month!

May is National Bike Month - a celebration of biking as transportation, as recreation, as essential to our well-being and everyday lives. This month-long peddle-pushing celebration encourages everyone to air up those tires, check their brakes, and ride! Biking is one of the healthier exercises due to its low impact (if you don’t fall) and cardiovascular benefits, and National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more folks to give biking a try.

Established in 1956 and promoted by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month incorporates several events, including National Bike to Work Day and National Bike to School Day. Check out local bike paths identified on BikeWalk Wichita’s website to help you start your adventure.

. . . and Speaking of Bicycling

Coming Soon . . .

Every year WAMPO coordinates an annual count of bicycle and pedestrian activity across 35 different sites in Park City, Goddard, Andover, Mulvane, and Wichita, among other jurisdictions.

The data collected during the count help to estimate the numbers of people who bike, walk, and run and the locations where they do so.


To effectively gather this information we will rely on a team of volunteers to spend a short period of time at each site counting bicycle riders and pedestrians. Information regarding the 2022 Count Event will be coming soon!

What is a TIP?

(Hint: It involves $$, but doesn't involve dinner!)

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a short-range program that identifies transportation projects to be implemented in the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO) region. 


The TIP includes a list of priority projects to be implemented over a four-year period. It may include capital construction projects, like bridge repairs and replacements, road-preservation work, and construction of new bicycle facilities, as well as non-construction activities, such as purchasing replacement transit buses and technology projects. 


The TIP illustrates how communities in the our region are working together with the State of Kansas and WAMPO to invest federal, state, and local tax dollars in the transportation system. The projects implement WAMPO's long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan – Reimagined MOVE 2040 - which defines the vision and goals for the region’s transportation system.  


The TIP process consists of:

  • Soliciting projects from cities, counties, the State of Kansas, and Wichita Transit;
  • Screening the projects;
  • Selecting some projects to be funded with federal money that WAMPO has been given the responsibility of allocating;
  • Compiling lists of regional non-WAMPO-funded and WAMPO-funded projects;
  • Sharing all projects with the public for review and comment;
  • Submitting to the WAMPO Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Transportation Policy Body (TPB) for consideration; then
  • Forwarding the approved version of the WAMPO TIP for incorporation into the Kansas Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).


Currently, project requests for the FFY2023-FFY2026 TIP have been submitted and received, and are under consideration for funding. The table below summarizes the current processing schedule:

Staff Review & Project Selection Committee Meetings

Spring 2022

Document Development & Public Comment Period

Summer 2022

TAC Recommendation

Summer/Fall 2022

Deadline for TPB Approval

Prior to October 1, 2022

The focus is now on new projects for FFY2025-FFY2026. Information regarding the TIP and future submission information can be found here.

Public Meeting Notices

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

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An option to participate in-person (at our WAMPO office - 271 West 3rd Street, Ste. 203 conference room, Wichita, Kansas 67202) or participate online is available at the following meetings:

April 12th Meeting


Dial in: +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code844-501-085

May 10th Meeting


Dial in: +1 (669) 224-3412

Access Code169-415-421

June 14thth Meeting


Dial in: +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code705-635-941


Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 3:00 PM

As the regional forum for transportation planning, the TPB is the decision-making body that works to establish a vision for the future of our transportation system. 

View TPB Webpage


Meets the 4th Monday of every month at 10:00 AM

The TAC reviews technical information about transportation studies and issues as well as provides the TPB with their professional recommendations on documents, plans, and activities.

View TAC Webpage

An option to participate in-person (at our WAMPO office - 271 West 3rd Street, Ste. 203 conference room, Wichita, Kansas 67202) or participate online is available at the following meetings:


April 25th Meeting https://meet.goto.com/614996245

Dial In: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 614-996-245

May 23rd Meeting https://meet.goto.com/771922597

Dial In: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code771-922-597

June 27th Meeting https://meet.goto.com/914631621

Dial In: +1 (786) 535-3211

Access Code914-631-621

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