WAMPO primarily plays an advisory role in transit related issues. WAMPO aids transit and paratransit in planning, understanding transportation issues, deciphering federal regulations, and project management through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) process.
Transit can be broken into two main areas, fixed route and paratransit. The following explains the difference between the two types.
Fixed routes is the type of transit system that most people recognize. In this system, buses or rail run on designated or fixed routes. Wichita Transit is the primary fixed route provider in the WAMPO region.
Paratransit transportation is usually an on-demand service. The customer designates the pick up and drop off points, as well as schedules the time. Paratransit is beneficial for elderly and handicapped people who may not be able to use fixed routes services.
There are numerous paratransit operators in the Wichita area. Fortunately, paratransit providers have organized a forum to share ideas among each other. The organization is called the Coordinated Transit District-12, also known as CTD #12.
For more information on paratransit services in Sedgwick, Butler, and Harvey Counties, visit the paratrasit rides website.
Click here, for information regarding CTD #12's Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Plan.
Hispanic Elder Transportation Access (HETA) Action Plan
In April of 2011, the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging (CPAAA) was awarded one of four "Breaking New Ground" grants from the National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST). This grant is intended to address mobility needs of culturally and ethnically diverse elders in order to enhance their ability to live independently. CPAAA's focus for this grant is to improve public transportation access among the Hispanic elders in Sedgwick County.
The HETA project outlines potential activities various orgnizations in Sedgwick County could be implementing to help minimize barriers the elder Hispanic population may face in using public transportation.
HETA Action Plan
Wichita Transit’s Bus Routes and Fares
Kansas Public Transit Association
Federal Transit Administration