Wichita Transit System

Location Witchita Kansas
Organization The Kansas Health Institute, the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita

The Kansas Health Institute and the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) to inform a Wichita City Council vote on proposed changes to the city's transit system. The HIA found that the health of people who do not have a reliable car or social network would be most affected by changes in the public transit system. The report recommended including bus routes that provide adequate service to low-income areas, restricting smoking in bus stops, and connecting bus routes with grocery stores, health care facilities, schools, and parks.


These recommendations increased support among City Council members to incorporate health considerations in transit-related decisions and contributed to changes in the proposed improvements for Wichita's transit system, including banning smoking outside bus stops and eliminating a two-bag limit on buses in order to encourage people to use transit while grocery shopping.

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Decision makers at all levels are using the fast-growing field of HIA to take health into account when making decisions in a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, education, energy and budgeting, in all types of locations--rural, suburban, and urban, local, regional or statewide. Learn more about the information sources that were used to develop this page.

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  • Status Complete
  • Completion Date 2013, October
  • Decision-Level Local
  • Sector Transportation
  • Organization Type Nonprofit