Rep. Estes Announces Department of Transportation Grant for City of Wichita's Multimodal Facility
WASHINGTON—Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas) announced a $14 million grant today from the U.S. Department of Transportation to the City of Wichita to improve many transportation services through a multimodal transportation facility. The center will contain transit amenities to handle connections from commuter service and connect to the downtown circulator and transfer points to routes meeting education, employment, and economic development that is key to the growth of the west bank area of the Arkansas River. The center will also serve as a quick charge area for the electric bus fleet, which is expected to grow, house Wichita's bike-share program, and includes nearly 600 parking spaces.
"As our community continues to grow and thrive, the need for Wichitans and visitors to efficiently move around our city increases," said Rep. Estes. "Whether someone drives their own vehicle, utilizes public transportation, or travels to their destination on two wheels, the ability to safely get from point A to point B affects all of us and our commute time. I thank Secretary Chao and the Trump administration for recognizing our growing needs in south central Kansas and providing partial funding for this facility that will impact many of our residents."
Rep. Estes led a letter of support for this grant to Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams of the Federal Transit Administration earlier this year. Together with Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, they acknowledged the impact the center will have on more than 15,000 people in downtown, east and west Wichita. The facility's location, in Delano and on the bus route, allows connectivity to nearby universities, shopping, entertainment, and the new AAA baseball stadium. The grant amount awarded is $14,232,816.
Ron Estes is a 5th generation Kansan and represents Kansas’ 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means.