Omaha Transit Alternative Analysis
Central Omaha Transit Alternatives Analysis is holding its 4th and final public meeting.
For the last decade, planning has identified transit as the number one priority for creating and strengthening the downtown and urban core in Omaha. As part of the Heartland 2050 plan and the Regional Transit Vision, the Omaha transit network is being redesigned to become more efficient, accessible, convenient, and affordable. The Central Omaha Transit Alternatives Analysis is the catalyst for desired urban growth plans and will become the backbone of the entire regional transit network.
Omaha has always been a great place to live. New developments and expansions have shown us the potential in the central Omaha area. But without improved transit, can we take advantage of this opportunity and become a truly livable city?
The Central Omaha Transit Alternatives Analysis has been a two-year process to evaluate the best transit options to serve this area. Now is the time to take this study from a plan to implementation. Your input will help to finalize the best recommendation that moves forward for preliminary engineering, environmental documentation and a full finance plan.
Show Omaha that transit matters. Come to the public meeting!
Tuesday, December 3rd
Mutual of Omaha Auditorium, 3301 Dodge Street, 68131
(Please enter through the doors on the west side of the building)
5:00 - 7:00 pm
5:30 pm – Presentation
Metro Transit options:
- Route 2, Dodge Street Service
- Route 15 to 33rd Street.
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Buy the Big O! Show
Come visit us at booth 445 at the Century Link Center for the 2012 Buy The Big O! Show on October 17th.
Show hours are from 8:30am to 4pm. We look forward to seeing you there.
2012 Metro Commuter Challenge a Wrap!
The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) and Metro announce the successful conclusion of the 2012 Metro Area Commuter Challenge, an effort that encourages Omaha area residents to drive alone less often and try other commute options.
Over 400 individuals participated in the Commuter Challenge by pledging to replace drive-alone commutes with travel by bus, carpool, or vanpool. Nearly 6,000 trips and 114,000 miles were logged in the month-long challenge. Participants received additional points in the challenge for walking or biking to catch the bus or meet their carpool.
Six competitors took home the top prizes of iPads, $100 Visa gift cards, and Joslyn Art Museum family memberships: three for the most points scored, and three for the most miles traveled. The Gallup Organization was the top corporate competitor. Over 20 gift certificates and cards donated by area restaurants and businesses were raffled to participants in the challenge. Donors included Crave, M’s Pub, Old Chicago, Roja/Blue Sushi Saki Grill, Soul Desires, Ted & Wally’s, and Upstream Brewing Company. Joslyn Art Museum donated the two grand prize family memberships.
A complete list of individual winners is below:
Stephen Logsdon – 268 points
Shiva Gopal Rao Parvatini – 245 points
Chris Kortus – 240 points
William Ogden – 2340 miles
Chastity Grant – 2329 miles
Asha Cooper – 2318 miles
Greg Youell, Executive Director of MAPA says, “Our collaboration with Metro on this commuter challenge comes amidst unprecedented interest in transportation alternatives in our region and increasing concern over air quality. We want to congratulate the individual and corporate competitors in this year’s challenge for choosing transportation options that help to keep our air clean. We also thank the companies and organizations who generously donated incentives to the challenge.”
The Metro Area Commuter Challenge was sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) and Metro Transit. MAPA offers a free on-line carpool matching service, Metro Rideshare, for employees and Metro provides fixed route, express/commuter, and ADA complementary Paratransit service in the city of Omaha as well as operates service contracts in Council Bluffs, Bellevue, Ralston, La Vista, and Papillion. For more information, see the Commuter Challenge website.
Conversations on a Bus
July 01, 2012 - August 01, 2012
Conversations on a Bus is a photo essay art project that celebrates community by inviting Metro passengers to share their stories via portraits and interviews. Each individual’s story will be woven together with the others to illuminate where and how our lives intersect.
Heather and Jameson Hooton, Hooton Images, is spending the month of July riding Metro buses documenting a series of people who ride the bus. Beginning August 2nd, they will work with poet and author Sarah Kinstry Brown to edit the collected interviews and stories.
The images will be unveiled on Friday, September 7th at a Gallery opening at Metro, 2222 Cuming Street with an after party at House of Loom.
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Ride the Bus to Work Day: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The Omaha City Council plans to commute to the courthouse on Tuesday, March 13, which they unanimously approved as Ride the Bus to Work Day. The resolution, introduced by Councilman Chris Jerram in collaboration with ModeShift, shows the increasing interest in the metro area to utilize alternative modes of transportation. Following the council’s vote, Jerram said, “Public transportation is a critical link to jobs, economic expansion, and quality of life in our community. Riding the bus can be easy, inexpensive, convenient, and comfortable. It also saves money and wear and tear on personal vehicles while reducing traffic congestion and preventing air pollution.” And concluded with “…riding the bus is a major step toward being environmentally-conscious and environmentally-friendly.”
Metro Board Chair Michael Young spoke in favor of the resolution. He thanked the Council for their leadership and support of public transportation and the role it can and does play in helping make our city the vibrant and outstanding community it is. He has also assured them Metro would continue to work tirelessly to maintain their trust.
For persons new to riding Metro, don’t worry; Bus Riding Basics are simple! Visit Google Trip Planner to find where and when you’ll want to board the bus. Once you’ve planned your trip, arrive at your bus stop a few minutes prior and wait for the bus. Deposit your fare when boarding, and if your commute requires a transfer, tell the bus driver at this time and deposit the additional 25¢ in the farebox. About a block before you want to get off, pull the cord or push the yellow strip, alerting the driver to stop.
And for past riders who haven’t ridden with us recently, welcome back!
Metro Bus Routes Now on Google Maps
In December, 2011, Metro’s transit data was published live on Google Maps. This product allows passengers to designate an origin and destination in the Omaha area, and receive detailed bus directions including route maps, bus stop locations, departure times, and trip duration.
“As part of Google’s commitment to develop useful public-private partnerships, we are pleased to welcome Metro Transit Omaha to Google Maps,” said Ryan Poscharsky, Strategic Partner Manager at Google. “This partnership shows Metro's commitment to innovating, serving their riders, and attracting new riders.”
Since the service was created at no cost to the agency, releasing Omaha’s transit data on Google Maps was an easy decision for Metro. “This partnership with Google represents our ongoing efforts to provide convenient, affordable, and efficient transportation in the Omaha area,” said Curt Simon, Executive Director of Metro Transit. “The ability to access transit information from a smartphone will be a major asset to our customers.”
Many Omaha residents have been anxiously awaiting the launch of Metro’s information on Google Maps. Ryan McClure, Transportation Chair for the Greater Omaha Young Professionals, views the technology upgrade as a vital step towards attracting and retaining young people. “Public transportation is instrumental for the future of Omaha and Metro is ‘steering the bus’ in the right direction with Google Maps.” As taking the bus becomes more user-friendly, McClure hopes more people will give transit a try. “If you are still looking for more New Year’s resolutions, commit to riding Metro and experiment with Google Maps throughout 2012.”
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Metro Updating All Omaha Bus Stops
Beginning Saturday, May 7th, Metro will be updating all Omaha bus stops!
Most stops will stay in their current locations, but some existing bus stops may be relocated.
Transfer points will be labeled as shown below.
We appreciate your patience during this process. Thanks for riding!
Metro Announces Arrival of Nine New Buses
Metro introduces into service 9 new buses manufactured by New Flyer of America (St. Cloud, MN) the largest manufacturer of transit buses in the United States.
The 9 new low-floor buses (four 35-foot and five 40-foot) went on the road in mid-June. Prior to being put into service, the buses had to be outfitted with fareboxes, radio communication and video surveillance systems, bike racks, and exterior fleet graphics.
This is the third delivery of new buses for Metro in the past 20 months. In total Metro has replaced 42 aged buses, which had exceeded their useful life and averaged 16.5 years of heavy-duty transit service. All of the new buses are low-floor, with minimal step access, making boarding and disembarking much easier for passengers and are a particular benefit to customers using wheelchairs.
The first delivery of new buses was November 2009. At that time, Metro, formerly MAT, had not had a new bus since 2000. It was followed by the August 2010 delivery of 24 new buses fully funded with Stimulus monies.
This latest $3.2 million purchase and the 2009 delivery were funded by a Federal Transit Administration matching capital grant, with the local match typically being 17%.
Use of Stimulus Funds
This is Metro's portal to inform the public about the use of federal stimulus funding received under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). This site provides accountability and transparency on how stimulus funds are being spent. We invite you to use this website to get information about these programs and track how ARRA funds received by Metro are used. Information on the site will be updated regularly as funding is received and new projects are announced.
This page provides the certifications or assurances Metro has made in accordance with the reporting requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). These documents are filed primarily with the Federal Transit Administration, the federal agency responsible for administering ARRA funds received by Metro. They are made available here to keep the public informed of important benchmarks in the processing of these funds.
- Section 1511 Certification
- Authorizing Resolution for 1511 Certification
- Metro FFY2009 FTA Certifications and Assurances
This page provides the program requirements related to Metro's receipt and expenditure of ARRA funds. They are made available here to keep the public informed of various ARRA funded programs and their associated requirements.
- FTA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Public Transportation Apportionments, Allocations and Grant Program Information.
- FTA Solicitation of Comments and Notice of Availability of Fiscal Year 2009 Funding for Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Grants.
- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.