April 7, 2023

Metro will celebrate Nebraska Public Transit Week from April 9 – April 15, 2023, after Governor Jim Pillen signed a proclamation recognizing public transit throughout the state.

At Metro’s Board of Directors meeting in March, board members unanimously reaffirmed the proclamation with a resolution thanking all Metro employees for the important roles they play in delivering transit services throughout the Omaha-Council Bluffs area.

“We would not be able to serve the community in this capacity were it not for the dedicated team of professionals at Metro,” said Board Chair Amy Haase.

“We are excited to offer a variety of engaging activities for our riders and our staff,” said Metro CEO Lauren Cencic. “We want everyone to feel valued and appreciated each day, not solely during Nebraska Public Transit Week.”

Transit Week Activities

During Nebraska Public Transit Week, our riders and staff will be celebrated in a number of ways:

  • Randomly selected, system-wide free fare periods
    • These will occur twice a day, every day, for an hour at a time
  • Giveaways at transit centers throughout the week
    • Sunday, April 9, 1 – 2 p.m.: Westroads Transit Center
    • Tuesday, April 11, 10 – 11 a.m.: MCC South Transit Center
    • Thursday, April 13, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Aksarben Transit Center
    • Friday, April 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: North Omaha Transit Center
  • Operations, Maintenance, and Rider Appreciation Days
  • Bike & Ride Day
    • Friday, April 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., North Omaha Transit Center
    • Heartland Bike Share will be offering month-long passes for bike rides for those who finish a short survey
  • #SpotTheBus Contest
    • Spot the “UNO Welcome to our campus” bus (#1817) around town 
    • Take a photo of the bus in-person OR screenshot it on the MyRide OMA app
    • Share it with us via email or tag us on social media and include #SpotTheBus in your post for a chance to win 10 ride tokens (includes 10 rides and 10 transfers)

Do you want to thank a staff member? Print out this thank you card and hand it to your driver!

Don’t forget to check out Metro’s Transit Activity Kit for kids!

Check out our gallery below for some of our favorite pictures from the week!

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