Public Transit

Transit – also called public transportation – has many benefits whether you ride or not. Riders can enjoy the opportunity to avoid the stress of driving, save money, and increase physical activity, among other things. Non-riders or people who only use transit occasionally can appreciate the fewer numbers of cars on the road. Everyone benefits from the improved air quality that sharing the ride brings.

Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan

Human service transportation includes a broad range of transportation service options designed to meet the needs of transportation disadvantaged populations including older adults, disabled persons and/or those with lower income.  A Coordinated Public -Human Services Transportation Plan should identify opportunities to assist more people, reduce service gaps and overlaps, and increase the cost of effectiveness of the service provided.

Last updated in 2013, the WAMPO Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Plan focused on both the urban and rural area needs, goals, and strategies. As part of larger effort for a State-wide coordinated planning effort, the 2018 Coordinated Human Service Transportation Plan will focus assessment and targeted improvements on activities within the WAMPO Planning Area, with particular focus on the Wichita Urbanized Area Boundary.

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TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS 

Located at 777 E. Waterman, Wichita Transit, a department of the City of Wichita, the area's largest provider. 

 

Offering service via 18 different fixed routes, Wichita Transit is one option for those looking for transportation in the region. Other options include 16 taxicab services, various transportation network companies including, Lyft and Uber, and bus service through Greyhound and Beeline Express.

OPERATIONS & AMENITIES

Buses operate Monday through Friday on 45-minute or 60-minute frequencies from 5:30am until 7:30pm, depending on the route.

On Saturdays, buses operate on 60-minute frequencies from 6:30am until 6:30pm for only 16 routes (exceptions are Routes 24 and 202).  

All buses are equipped with a wheelchair lift or ramp, free Wi-Fi, and bicycle racks.  Other services include paratransit and free downtown transportation on the Q-LINE.

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PARATRANSIT

Paratransit services provide safe, accessible transportation to various destinations for people with physical, cognitive, or visual disabilities that cannot use the fixed-route bus system. Paratransit service is provided in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Wichita Transit's Paratransit Division provides accessible van service to people with physical or cognitive disabilities that prevent them from using the fixed route bus system.

THE Q-LINE

The Q-LINE lets riders explore downtown Wichita, Delano, Old Town, Douglas Design District, Clifton Square, Lincoln Heights Village, College Hill, and Crown Heights.

 

It runs every 10-15 minutes on weeknights Monday through Thursday between 5:00pm and 11:00pm and Friday between 5:00pm and 1:00am. Lunchtime hours include Monday through Friday between 11:30am and 2 pm and Saturday between 10:00am and 1:00am.

5310 Grant Program:
Enhanced Mobility of
Seniors & Individuals w-Disabilities

This federal program (49 U.S.C. 5310) provides funding in the WAMPO urbanized area to assist with meeting the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities when the transportation service provided is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate.

 

The program aims to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility options. This program supports transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities in all areas

 

Eligible projects include both “traditional” capital investment and “nontraditional” investment beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services.

The 5310 program is a cost-reimbursement program, as opposed to a standard grant or fixed amount award. All projects will require some level of matching funds. The Section 5310 Program is unique in that it is permitted to match federal funds with federal funds, provided that those funds do not originate from the Department of Transportation.

Check out the recording and materials from the October 2, 2020 applicant workshop.

GRANT PROGRAM

The Section 5310 grant program provides capital and operating funds for programs to serve the special needs of transit-dependent populations beyond the traditional public transportation services and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services.

ELIGIBLE RECIPIENTS

Eligible subrecipients include private nonprofit organizations, states or local government authorities, or operators of public transportation.

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

Eligible project activities include but are not limited to accessible vehicles, transit-related information technology systems, mobility management programs, acquisition of transportation services under contract, travel training, volunteer driver programs and improving signage and way-finding.

FUNDING DISTRIBUTION

Federal Section 5310 funds are available each federal fiscal year, contingent upon congressional appropriation. They are distributed to the States by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).  The designated recipient of Section 5310 funds in the WAMPO region is Wichita Transit.  WAMPO has partnered with Wichita Transit to facilitate the competitive selection process.  For more information about WAMPO’s role please check out the memorandum of understanding with Wichita Transit:

MATCH

The federal share of eligible capital costs may not exceed 80 percent, and 50 percent for operating assistance.  One exception includes acquisition of vehicles for purposes of complying with or maintaining compliance with ADA.  Vehicle acquisitions with this purpose may not exceed the federal share of 85 percent.  Please note that both mobility management and contracting projects may be considered a “capital project.”  Applicants are responsible for providing the “local” match. Local match may come from other Federal (non-DOT) funds.

LOCAL PROGRAM

WAMPO conducts a competitive selection process for the Section 5310 grant program.  Application materials are made available to eligible recipients, which are reviewed and prioritized for award by a representative selection committee. The criteria used in evaluating and ranking applications are part of the implementation of the WAMPO Coordinated Human Service Transit Plan.

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT PLAN

A Program Management Plan (PMP) has been developed to guide the designated recipient (Wichita Transit) in administering Section 5310 program awards in the Wichita urbanized area.  For more information, please click on the below plan link.