‘The Hub’ is closer to reality, Wichita seeks builders

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Wichita is getting moving on a multimodal center near Riverfront Stadium. The center, called The Hub, will be Wichita’s new bus transit center. The plan is to also provide parking for hundreds of vehicles, bicycles and scooters.

The blue area shows the future home of The Hub near Riverfront Stadium. (Courtesy City of Wichita)
The blue area shows the future home of The Hub near Riverfront Stadium. (Courtesy City of Wichita)

The City of Wichita is now accepting bids for the project’s construction phase. The goal is to finish the building by Dec. 31, 2025.

The project has been in the works since at least 2019.

  • November 2019 — Wichita gets a Federal Transit Authority grant to improve transportation service with a multimodal facility.

  • December 2020 — The City Council approves $19.2 million for design, infrastructure and utility work, construction, and project management.

  • May 2021 — TranSystems gets the contract to design the center.

  • November 2022 — The City Council views the initial design concept for the facility.

  • Multimodal facility "30% plan" showing north side, shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
    Multimodal facility “30% plan” showing north side, shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
  • Multimodal facility "30% plan" shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
    Multimodal facility “30% plan” shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
  • Multimodal facility "30% plan" showing transit center lobby, shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
    Multimodal facility “30% plan” showing transit center lobby, shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
  • Multimodal facility "30% plan" showing east side, shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
    Multimodal facility “30% plan” showing east side, shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
  • Multimodal facility "30% plan" showing south side, shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
    Multimodal facility “30% plan” showing south side, shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
  • Multimodal facility "30% plan" showing west side, shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
    Multimodal facility “30% plan” showing west side, shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
  • Multimodal facility "30% plan" shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
    Multimodal facility “30% plan” shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
  • Multimodal facility "30% plan" showing bike accommodations, shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)
    Multimodal facility “30% plan” showing bike accommodations, shown at Wichita City Council meeting, Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtesy TranSystems Corporation and City of Wichita)

Last August, then-Mayor Brandon Whipple told KSN that the project slowed because of COVID-related delays.

On Friday, the City of Wichita said has started taking bids. Companies have until 10 a.m. on Friday, June 7, to submit a bid. Go to the City’s Vendor Self-Service website and enter 240124 in the number box to get the details.

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There will be a pre-bid conference for interested vendors at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 13, in the
first-floor boardroom at City Hall, 455 N. Main.

Written questions, comments or clarifications regarding the specifications may be submitted to pgunzelman@wichita.gov no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, May 20.

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