The Omaha area is changing. COVID-19 has illuminated the importance of safe and reliable transportation – especially for essential workers and those seeking critical services. With the recent launch of our first ORBT line, now is the time to assess our transportation network and prepare for what’s next. We’re calling the process MetroNEXT.
Throughout 2021, we’ll work with community members to build upon the vision established through ConnectGO. MetroNEXT will consist of four rounds of exploration, culminating in a final plan in early 2022. Based on public feedback, this plan will identify short– and long-term improvements to guide our agency for the coming years.
To kick off the MetroNEXT initiative, Round 1: Understanding the Landscape established a common baseline by reviewing ridership numbers, demographics, and other factors influencing the services we provide. With the feedback we’ve received, we’ll consider future ORBT corridors and other high-frequency service opportunities.
The community feedback period for Round 1 was available from March 25th to April 8th. Check back soon for more information about what we heard!
Virtual meetings were held on Thursday, March 25th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 27th from 10-11 a.m.; and Tuesday, March 30th from 12-1 p.m.
Rounds of Exploration
Round 1: Understanding the Landscape
To kick off the MetroNEXT initiative, we will establish a common baseline by reviewing ridership numbers, demographics, and other factors influencing the services we provide.
With your help this round, we’ll consider future ORBT corridors and other high-frequency service opportunities.
Community feedback period: 3/25-4/8
Check back soon for more information about what we heard!
Round 2: Framing the Transit Network
In the second round of MetroNEXT, we’ll use research and community input to evaluate what streets should have ORBT or high-frequency bus service in the future.
Round 3: Supporting Additional Connections
After drafting a framework of frequent and rapid transit routes, we will explore strategies to improve connections across the region and provide a better experience for riders, including bus stop improvements, low-density service, and new types of transit.
Round 4: Finalizing the Path Forward
For the final round of MetroNEXT, we will consider multiple alternatives and identify our preferred strategies to guide our agency into the future.
Improvements to public transit have been studied through a variety of previous community efforts. We’re exploring ideas & recommendations from these sources, which provide great context for our work.
- 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan
- Central 24th Street Corridor Study
- City of Omaha Master Plan
- Close the Gap White Paper
- Complete Streets Policy
- Connecting Talent to Work Report: Executive Summary | Full Report
- Forever North Study
- Heartland 2050 Regional Vision: Link | Action Plan
- Metro Transit Development Plan
- Metro Travel Improvement Study (MTIS): Phase 1 | Phase 2 | Phase 3
- Regional Transit Vision
- Regional Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan
- Sarpy County Transit Study
- Transit-Oriented Development Policy & Code Changes
- Transit Return on Investment (ROI) Study