Mayor Stothert is holding a series of Town Hall meetings this month, “A Road Map to Better Streets.”  The news release states that “These public meetings will give citizens the opportunity to participate in the development of a maintenance and improvement plan that will greatly improve the safety and longevity of our streets and reduce annual maintenance costs.”  The Town Hall series will provide an overview of infrastructure needs, repair and maintenance, major construction projects, and current and future funding options.

We would love to have a large turnout at each Town Hall meeting to advocate for all modes of transportation to be considered.  
Mode Shift Omaha talking points include:
  • Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) transparency. See our CIP site for more details. Here are 4 specific transparency improvements that the City should include in the CIP:  
    • Each project's original schedule and original budget
    • Compare that to the current schedule and estimated cost (cost to date + current budget)
    • And explain variances
    • A note when projects receive more than their appropriated funds and there should be a published process to account for it.
  • The City has trouble maintaining our current streets, so we need to work together to reduce the wear & tear on the roads and the congestion that leads to requests for more & wider roads. 
    • Adding lane miles leads to more cars and more paved surface area to maintain, which worsens the problem. The City should avoid adding lane miles.
  • Let's encourage people to get out of single occupancy vehicles and use more: carpools, transit, bikes, scooters, and their legs to walk around.  The City needs: 
  • These investments are much more cost effective than lane widening and we get a healthier, more active community that is a better place for us all to live, work, and play! 
Please use our RSVP form to indicate which meeting you can attend.  If you would like a Board Member to call you for further discussion on this topic, please notate that on the RSVP form and include your phone number.

Town Hall Dates, Times and Locations

Tuesday, July 16 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Saddlebrook Community Center 14850 Laurel Avenue

Thursday, July 18 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at The Venue at Highlander  2112 N 30th Street

Friday, July 19 from 11:00-12:30 p.m. at Salvation Army Kroc Center 2825 Y Street

Monday, July 22 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at 
UNO Community Engagement Center 6400 University Drive
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