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Transportation in Kansas

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The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is a profound and efficient sector that works towards offering a convenient and effective multi-modal transit network.  It also provides easy and safe inter state and inter-city connectivity of people and goods to various corners across Kansas and worldwide. KDOT manages and supervizes an extensive system of roadways, highways, tunnels, bridges, railways and also responsible for air and water quality, roads cleanliness and other community services. KDOT also develops and manages the state policy on bicycle and pedestrian transport issues and authorizes the Rail Freight Assistance Program of the state.transport

Kansas Department of Transportation
Dwight D. Eisenhower State Office Building
700 S.W. Harrison St, Topeka, KS   66603-3745
Phone: (785) 296-3566
Fax: (785) 368-7415
Website: http://www.ksdot.org/

Road Transportation in Kansas

With over a total of 874 miles of roadways, Kansas's road transportation is provided by 2 Interstate highways with two spur routes, one beltway and three bypasses. The roadways provide an excellent and affordable mode of inter state and city connectivity. Highways offers an accessible and significant transit platform for the majority of people and goods across the state.


The significant interstate highways in Kansas include I-35, I-135, I-235, I-335, I-435, I-635, I-70, I-470, I-670.

Interstate 35: (I-35) is an Interstate Highway in the United States that links from the Mexican border  to Duluth, MS. With a length of 235 miles, in the state of Kansas, the highway runs from the Oklahoma border to Kansas City at the Missouri border. I-35 further stretches through Wichita to Kansas City.

Interstate 70: In Kansas, I-70 contains the first portion to start being paved and to ends in the Interstate Highway System. It stretches from the Western border that is close to Kanorado town to the Eastern border in Kansas City. It passes through many significant cities in the state including Kansas City, Salina, Topeka, Lawrence, Abilene and Junction City.

Kansas Public Transportation Facilities

Funded by the State of Kansas and the Federal Transit Administration, Kansas Department of Transportation supervizes public transportation programs. The Federal as well as the State programs are created to cater to all transportation requirements of elderly persons, differently able persons, and the general public. Currently, KDOT serves over 100 transit providers covering ninety nine of the 105 counties of the state.

Contact KDOT Public Transportation Manager              

The Kansas Public Transit Association: It is focused to promote efficient public transit in Kansas and also emphasizes in sound management of public transportation

Learn more: Information on Kansas Public Transit Association

Notable public transportation provider in Kansas-


Byways in Kansas:
Kansas has 11 byways, 8 scenic, among which 2 are National Scenic Byways and 3 are historic byways.

Learn more about Kansas Byways

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KanDrive: Visit this informative web portal that will provide you all information on highway conditions, weather and construction. It also offers camera views from around the state.

Kansas City Metro
Kansas Live Traffic

Division of Motor Vehicles

The Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) manages and helps provide all services related to motor vehicles and driver's requirements to every citizen of the State. DMV offers with services such as driver license issuance, issue of identification cards, titles, vehicle registrations, and other related services. Additionally, the DMV also conducts the driver and emission testing services and examinations and offer information and education to the residents.

Motor Vehicle Division
Address: 1873 W 21st St N, Wichita, KS 67203, United States
Phone: 1 316-821-9920
Website: http://www.ksrevenue.org/dmvstations.html#sed

Learn more: Get complete information on Driver's License and ID Card Services by County and all related details

Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

This modal plan State-wide Bicycle and pedestrian program provides safe and efficient movement of of all bicyclists and pedestrians across the state. The program is focused to elevate bicycling and walking and encourage more people to adopt such means as it is an energy-efficient, healthy and non-polluting transportation alternative.

Contact KDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
(785) 296-7448
 Learn more on Kansas Bicycle Guide


The Adopt-A-Highway-Program works deligently to keep the state clean and also offers a great opportunity for individuals, organizations, schools or businesses to volunteer and help maintain cleanliness of all roads within the State Highway System and also plant trees or wildflowers, and helps remove graffiti, to make roads more appealing. KDOT initiated the Adopt-A-Highway program in December 1989. It is required that all volunteers must be minimum 12 years old and those above 18 years must be under proper adult supervision. The program is a successful government-public partnership program and various schools, church, social groups, families, business entities, clubs and youth groups actively adopt and participate in the program. The program helps to keeps the state clean by effectively reminding people not to litter, and also assist in saving taxpayers’ money.

Learn more about KDOT Adopt-a-Highway Program

Also read:Adopt

Traffic Safety

KDOT Bureau of Right of Way
Eisenhower State Office Building - 14th Floor
700 SW Harrison Street, Topeka, KS 66603-3745
Phone: 785-296-3501
Toll Free: 1-877-461-6817

Air Transportation in Kansas

Kansas has 138 public-use airports, of which 8 are commercial and 130 are general aviation airports. All airports combined together generate a revenue of approximately $10.4 billion in on-airport economic activity. Kansas aviation is a leading edge of an extensive industry. Air transport is an excellent gateway of Kansas that serves the locals and tourists from all over the world. It is the major mode that offers all round efficient and easy connectivity. The Federal Aviation Administration maintains and oversees all flight operations in Kansas.

Contact  KDOT Aviation
(785) 296-2553
Website: http://www.ksdot.org/bureaus/divAviation/default.asp

 Notable Commercial Primary and Non- Primary Airports in Kansas
  • Garden City Regional Airport
  • Manhattan Regional Airport
  • Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport
  • Dodge City Regional Airport
  • Hays Regional Airport
  • Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport
  • Salina Municipal Airport

The Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) is the only major commercial (Class C) airport in Kansas. ICT is the state's busiest and largest public airport owned by City of Wichita and operated by Wichita Airport Authority. The airport mainly serves the southern Kansas region. It serves two major cargo airlines - FedEx Express and UPS Airlines.

The major airlines that operate to and from ICT are-

Allegiant Air
American Airlines
American Eagle
Delta Air Lines
Delta Connection
Southwest Airlines
United Airlines
United Express

Contact Details

2277 Eisenhower Airport Parkway, Wichita, KS 67209
Phone: (316) 946-4700
Website: http://www.flywichita.com

Manhattan Regional Airportairports

Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) in Manhattan is the 2nd largest commercial airport in the state that provides flights to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport daily. MHK serves as a main hub for American Eagle Airlines.

Contact Details:
Manhattan Regional Airport
5500 Skyway Dr, Suite 120
Manhattan, KS 66503
Phone: 785-587-4560
Website: http://flymhk.com/default.aspx

Rail Transportation in Kansas

The railways serve as one of the main transportation modes in Kansas. It provides efficient connectivity and is also important for cargo transfer. The freight and rail unit focuses on uplifting and managing the state policy on multi-modal goods and rail transportation issues. It administers the State Rail Service Improvement Fund and analyzes the state's motor carrier and rail freight transportation. Additionally, the unit formulates and updates the Statewide Multimodal Freight Plan and the State Rail Plan.

Office of Freight and Rail
700 S.W. Harrison, 2nd floor
Topeka, KS 66603Office of Freight and Rail


Kansas Passenger Rail Carriers

Kansas has three passenger carriers, namely
  • Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad
  • Amtrak (AMTK)
  • Midland Railway

Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad:  It is a heritage railway. This non-profit organization provides public excursion train rides. It is situated south of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum

Contact Details:
200 SE Fifth St, Abilene, KS     67410
Phone Numbers
Office: 785-263-1077 and 888-426-6687
Depot: 888-426-6689 and 785-263-0118
Website: http://www.asvrr.org

Amtrak: Amtrak is a railroad network which is financed publicly and it provides services to the nation as intercity passenger train service. Amtrak operates over 300 trains daily and links over 500 destinations in 46 states.Amtrak Passenger Railroad Routes through Kansas is the Southwest Chief that runs from Chicago via Albuquerque to LA

Stations served by Amtrak Southwest Chief train in Kansas are-

Lawrence, KS (LRC)
413 East 7th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044

Newton, KS (NEW)
Amtrak Kansas
414 North Main Street
Newton, KS 67114

Topeka, KS (TOP)
500 SE Holliday Place
SE 5th St, Topeka, KS 66607

Hutchinson, KS (HUT)

North Walnut Street & East 3rd Avenue
Hutchinson, KS 67501

Dodge City, KS (DDG)

Central Avenue & Wyatt Earp Street
Dodge City, KS 67801

Garden City, Kansas- GCK
100 North 7th Street
One block south of 7th/Fulton (Bus. Hwy. 50)
Garden City, KS 67846

Learn more: Amtrak timetables, fares, schedules and more information

Midland Railway
: This is also a heritage railway with stops at Baldwin City, Kansas; Ottawa, Kansas and Norwood, Kansas.

Contact Details:
1515 High Street, Baldwin City, KS 66006-0005
Phone: (913) 721-1211
Website: http://www.midlandrailway.org
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