Kansas Transportation

Kansas Transportation

Railway Transportation in the State of Kansas

  • The Santa Fe Trail was used in the period between 1821 and 1880 and it is historically important because it tremendously helped in transporting manufactured products. As a matter of fact, the wagon furrows can still be detected along the prairie regions of the state of Kansas as the Santa Fe Trail was a means to deliver silver and fur products in and around the state of Kansas. The Santa Fe Trail was specially used to deliver ready goods from the Missouri Territory to Santa Fe which was a part of New Mexico.

  • The state of Kansas also has a heritage railway transport system known as The Midland Railway, which was commissioned in the year 1982. The overall distance that this railway line covers is around 11 miles. This line organizes special fairs and public events on Memorial Day till Halloween.

  • The Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad is another vintage railway transport system in the state of Kansas. It is open to the general public between the months of May and October. The depot of this heritage railroad is located near the historical Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum.

  • National Railroad Passenger Corporation is a governmental body that works as AMTRAK which was started in the year 1971 to provide intercity passenger trains to the local public. This railway transport connects 500 stations in 46 different states including the state of Kansas.

Road Transportation in the State of Kansas

  • People of the state of Kansas usually prefer to travel by road because of the better connectivity with the other parts of the state as well as the other states of the United States of America.

  • The state of Kansas has better connectivity to other states due to presence of the major highways such as Interstate 35 that connects Des Moines and Wichita, and Interstate 70 which connects St. Louis and Topeka etc.

  • Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is a transportation authority that operates in the state of Kansas to transport people in the state of Kansas. This is a municipal transit operator and the course of this transit includes counties of Leavenworth and Johnson which are a part of the state of Kansas. The services of this transit were started in the year 1969 after succeeding the Kansas City Public Service Company.

  • The fares of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority are reasonable and they differ from destination to destination on the basis of distance.

Air Transportation in State of Kansas

  • There are quite a few regional and mid continental airports in the state of Kansas such as Wichita Mid Continent Airport, Garden City Regional Airport and Manhattan Regional Airport etc.

  • The Garden City Regional Airport operated as a training center for the American Pilots during the World War II and thus the Army Air Forces Flying Training Command was formed. This airport was also known as the Garden City Army Airfield during the World War II. This airport at present consists of two runways and is used for general airlines and sometimes it is also used by a commercial airline.

  • Many national and regional airline companies operate in the State of Kansas such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, America West Airlines, Continental Airlines, and Midwest Airlines, Jet blue Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airlines and United Airlines etc.

  • The Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is considered as one of the busiest airports in the United States of America. It was completed in the year 1954 after it was planned to be built in the year 1951 by the United States Air Force. The construction of the new terminal building began in the year 2009 and is slated to be completed by the year 2014.

  • The Manhattan Regional Airport set up in the year 1997 includes two runways. One of them is large enough for a commercial airplane to land and take off. The Manhattan Regional Airport is also used for commercial flying vehicles.

Kansas Department of Transportation Information

Agency Overview
Jurisdiction Kansas
Headquarters 700 S.W. Harrison Street,Topeka, Kansas
Agency executives Deb Miller, Secretary of Transportation
Jerry Younger, Deputy Secretary for Engineering and State Transportation Engineer
Parent agency State of Kansas

Kansas Highway Patrol

Agency overview
Formed 1937
Preceding agency Kansas Motor Vehicle Inspectors
Employees 840 (as of 2004) 
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction State of Kansas, USA
Kansas Highway Patrol Troop Map
Size 82,277 square miles
Population 2,775,997 (2007 est.)
General nature
  • Law enforcement
  • Civilian police
Operational structure
Headquarters Topeka, Kansas
Troopers 541 (as of 2004) 
Civilians 299 (as of 2004) 
Agency executive Colonel Terry Maple, Superintendent
Child agency Kansas Capitol Police
Troops 15


  • Troop A (Kansas City Metro)
  • Troop B (Topeka)
  • Troop C (Salina)
  • Troop D (Hays)
  • Troop E (Garden City)
  • Troop F (Wichita)
  • Troop H (Chanute)

Specialty Troops include:

  • Troop G (Kansas Turnpike)
  • Troop I (Motor Carrier Safety)
  • Troop J (Training Academy- Salina)
  • Troop K (Capitol Police- Topeka)
  • Troop L (Protective Services (Governor's Security))
  • Troop M (Central Communications)
  • Troop N (Criminal Interdiction)
  • Troop Q (General Headquarters- Topeka)
  • Troop S (Special Response Team, Bomb Squad and K9)
  • Troop T (Aircraft)
  • Emergency Operations
  • Fleet Services
  • Homeland Security
  • Motorist Assist Program
  • Motor Vehicle Enforcement
  • Professional Standards Unit

Fallen Officers

Officer Date of Death Details
Trooper Maurice R. Plumber Saturday, December 16, 1944 Automobile accident
Trooper Jimmie D. Jacobs Tuesday, October 6, 1959 Automobile accident
Trooper John B. McMurray Wednesday, December 9, 1964 Vehicular assault
Lieutenant Bernard C. Hill Sunday, May 28, 1967 Automobile accident
Sergeant Eldon K. Miller Friday, January 19, 1968 Gunfire
Trooper James Donald Thornton Tuesday, October 2, 1973 Gunfire
Trooper Conroy G. O’Brien Wednesday, May 24, 1978 Gunfire
Trooper Ferdinand Frederick (Bud) Pribbenow Saturday, July 11, 1981 Gunfire
Master Trooper Larry Lee Huff Friday, November 26, 1993 Automobile accident
Master Trooper Dean Allen Goodheart Wednesday, September 6, 1995 Struck by vehicle

Kansas City International Airport

Kansas City International Airport Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Kansas City
Operator City of Kansas City
Serves Kansas City, Missouri
Location Kansas City, Missouri
Hub for
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Great Lakes Airlines
Elevation AMSL 1,026 ft / 312.7 m
Coordinates 39°17′51″N 94°42′50″W
Website www.FlyKCI.com
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1L/19R 10,801 3,292 Concrete
1R/19L 9,500 2,896 Concrete
9/27 9,500 2,896 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Passenger movements 10,469,892,
Aircraft operations 194,969