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Bus Station Construction to Start

Jul 31, 2019
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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. 

Scooters Allowed In Omaha

May 15, 2019
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Electric scooters will soon be rolling on the streets of Omaha.  Mayor Jean Stothert signed the paperwork yesterday to allow the six-month pilot program to proceed.  Stothert says she had concerns that the scooter company, Lime, had been inconsistent with information about its geofencing technology.  Geofencing is designed to stop riders from entering prohibited areas, and Lime officials told Stothert that technology would be in place in Omaha by June 14th.

 

MAPA seeks public input

May 24, 2018

The Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, or MAPA, is amending its 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan to address cost increases for the City of Omaha’s construction project along 156th Street from Pepperwood Drive to Corby.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Several road construction projects in the Omaha area are affecting businesses and causing headaches for commuters.

MAPA's "Block Talks" offer valuable insight

May 3, 2018

Metropolitan Area Planning Agency recently held “Block Talks” looking at three different areas of 13th Street: downtown and the Dahlman and Deer Park neighborhoods. 

Introducing Modern Streetcar Advocates

Dec 4, 2017

Jay Lund, Spokesperson for Modern Streetcar Advocates, says the biggest benefit of a fixed rail system is economic development.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln's public transit system has received a $1.45 million federal grant to purchase two electric buses expected to be in service in early 2019.

Mode Shift Omaha Launches Membership Campaign

Aug 29, 2017

Last week, Mode Shift Omaha kicked off its first ever membership campaign.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Temporary nighttime closures have been scheduled for three Interstate 80 interchanges in Lincoln.

Heartland 2050 awards four mini-grants

May 31, 2017

Heartland 2050 is offering mini-grants to fund special projects that align with its Regional Vision and Action Plan.

In honor of National Bicycle Safety Month, AAA-The Auto Club Group recently announced that all membership levels will now include free bicycle service.

Joe Reardon, President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, will be the guest speaker Thursday at the Heartland 2050 Winter Summit.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A financial assessment estimates it would cost $156 million to build and equip a streetcar line in Omaha and about $7.5 million annually to operate the line.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency is releasing its proposed recommendation for enhanced transit services in Sarpy County.  The second of two public meetings takes place tomorrow morning in Gretna. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new state report says ride services haven't hurt taxi businesses across Nebraska.

MAPA seeks public input on 2050 LRTP

Oct 19, 2016

Tonight, the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency is holding a public meeting to gather input for its 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan. 

The Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency is asking for the public’s assistance in ranking transportation scenarios for particular project areas.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposal designed to expedite work on Nebraska roads projects is drawing a wide range of supporters, but some lawmakers are questioning their plan to pay for it.

Omaha, Lincoln apply for federal Smart City Challenge

Feb 10, 2016

Omaha and Lincoln are among 77 applicants for a U.S. Department of Transportation program focused on technology and innovation.

It’s called the Smart City Challenge. The DOT wants cities to present ideas that use technology to make travel safer and more reliable.

Murthy Koti, Traffic Engineer with the city of Omaha, says the Smart City Challenge has three goals.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Roads Department says Interstate 80 will reopen in both directions Wednesday afternoon.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Heavy snow and strong winds forced officials to close more than 100 miles of Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska because of dangerous conditions Tuesday.

Governor Pete Ricketts wants Nebraska lawmakers to act on tax reform and transportation issues this legislative session.

WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot has been found dead at the scene of a plane crash in northeast Nebraska.

UNO's MavRide program to expand in 2016

Dec 17, 2015

UNO is expanding its MavRide program on January second.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified the pilot who was killed in a plane crash on Interstate 29 in western Iowa.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead after a small plane that took off from an Omaha airport crashed on Interstate 29 north of Council Bluffs.

Small plane crashes along Interstate 29

Dec 10, 2015

Authorities are on the scene of a small plane crash along I-29 in Council Bluffs.

Congress passes long-term transportation bill

Dec 4, 2015

Nebraska is set to receive $1.5 billion over the next five years in federal highway funding.

Crashes involving bicycles, pedestrians on the rise in Nebraska

Dec 1, 2015

The number of bicyclists and pedestrians killed in accidents involving vehicles is up significantly in Nebraska.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two environmental groups say they are worried about the safety of railroad bridges because inspection reports generally aren't public, and railroads take care of their own bridges.

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