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MetroNEXT

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 2021well work with community members to build upon the vision established through ConnectGOMetroNEXT will consist of four rounds of explorationculminating 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. 

A timeline graphic, highlighting that MetroNEXT is in Round 1 this spring, focusing on understanding the landscape. Future rounds include Round 2 this summer focusing on framing the transit network, Round 3 this fall focusing on supporting additional connections, and Round 4 this winter focusing on finalizing the path forward. The timeline culminates in a MetroNEXT Plan in 2022.

Status Update

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!

Community Engagement

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.

The presentation used at these meetings can be downloaded here.

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. 

Summer 2021

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.

Fall 2021

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. 

Winter 2021

FAQs

Curious to learn more about MetroNEXT? View our Frequently Asked Questions document:   English | Spanish

 

Contributing Plans

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. 

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