Bus Rapid Transit

Residents in Lincoln will soon see some of the city's new fleet of electric buses on the streets. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the first of 10 electric buses bought to replace older diesel-powered buses will begin operating yet this spring. Three of the new buses arrived last week, and a fourth was set to arrive this week. StarTran Transit Manager Mike Davis says the electric buses generate electricity as they brake and will be able to run for a full, eight-hour shift. Fully charging a bus will take about three hours.

Omaha is receiving a $4.7 million federal grant to help buy new city buses to replace older buses in its fleet. The U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Transit Administration recently announced the Omaha grant as part of $423 million in grants nationwide. Omaha plans to use the money to buy 11 new buses. The new buses will help improve the reliability of Omaha’s fleet of 98 city buses.

Dodge Street Slowdowns Expected

Oct 24, 2019

More traffic slow-downs are coming to Dodge Street.  Crews broke ground yesterday on an Omaha Rapid Bus Transit system station near 33rd and Dodge streets.  Officials say part of a traffic lane and sidewalk at the intersection will be closed during construction.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Some prospective commuters say reliability will be the key in getting Lincoln and Omaha residents on board a proposed intercity bus service that would connect the two largest cities in Nebraska.

About a dozen people attended a meeting Thursday in Lincoln to discuss the idea and provide feedback to the Nebraska Transportation Department, which is overseeing a feasibility study.

Bus Station Construction to Start

Jul 31, 2019

Construction on bus stations for Omaha's new bus rapid transit line is about to start.  Officials announced this week that work on new shelters and platforms will begin in mid-August.  The 35-million-dollar rapid bus line is scheduled to carry its first passengers next spring.