Support Regional Transit through LB 492! 

Mode Shift Omaha’s Transit Team and Nebraska Sierra Club’s Legislative Committee are gathering support for Legislative Bill 492. Presented by Senator Justin Wayne, this bill is also known as the Regional Metropolitan Transit Authority Act. In summary, it allows the creation of regional transit authorities in Omaha and Lincoln. Collaboratively, we believe that improved transit services in Nebraska metropolitan areas will make them less car-centric; encourage higher-density energy-efficient development; make our cities more attractive to young skilled workers who want to avoid car-dependent lifestyles; and improve the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

LB492 would also allow municipalities to create regional metropolitan transit authorities (RMTAs) within the boundaries of a SMSA (Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area). Existing transit agencies like Omaha Metro could choose to become RMTAs. The service areas Omaha Metro and Lincoln’s StarTran are limited to the limits of their respective cities. Several surrounding communities like La Vista and Papillion contract with Omaha Metro for limited weekday rush-hour services. But these municipalities cannot join Omaha Metro under the existing Metropolitan Transit Authority Law.

Call to Action: You can read the bill entirely here and call your senators to support! 
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February Event Recap

Coffee Chat with Gifford Park Neighborhood Association rep. Martin Janousek. Here he shares plans for improving the walkability of the area with food markets and green space. 

Putting pens to paper looking at the character and aspirations of the neighborhoods surrounding proposed ORBT stations.

Member Meeting Recap - Urban Land Use Team

Click the image to view the Facebook Video which lays out the transit benefits when considering middle housing in Omaha.
Benefits include: Improving equity and affordable housing; Breaking out of social isolation; Improving climate change; and adding transit and bicycle viability.

Recent Blog Posts

Pedestrian Safety Concerns at the Aksarben Transit Center - Read more about Metro Transit's efforts to alleviate pedestrian concerns at the intersection of 68th and Mercy Road. 
MUD Headquarters Relocation should have Transit in mind for employees
Don't forget to contact the MUD board members as they consider where they relocate their headquarters! This decision is the aftermath of the original plan to move the Douglas County Youth Center to downtown. We have some suggestions on why this move should be openly discussed in hopes of improving transit options for everyone.
Read more here.

Upcoming Mode Shift Events!

  • Transit Oriented Development Public Meeting (Downtown) - Monday, March 4th | 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. | Location: W. Dale Clark Library (215 S. 15th St.) Details here.
  • Transit Oriented Development Public Meeting (Westroads) | Tuesday, March 12th | Location: Children's Hospital, Glow Auditorium (8200 Dodge St.) - More details here.
  • Coffee Chat - Friday, March 15th | 8 - 9 a.m. | Location: Scooter's (30th & Ames Ave.) - Topic: 24th Street Corridor Study - Invite a Friend
  • Mayor's Active Living Advisory Committee - Wednesday, March 20th | 3 - 4:30 p.m. at Omaha-Douglas Civic Center (1819 Farnam St).
  • Urban Planning Speakers - Wednesday, March 20th | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Location: Do Space - Metro Community College at Do Space will host two speakers on Urban Development, planning and sustainable practices free to the public.
  • Walkability Team Meeting - Wednesday, March 20th | 6:30 p.m. - Location: UNO Community Engagement Center, Room 221. More details here.
  • Transit Oriented Development (Midtown) - Tuesday, March 26th | 6 - 9 p.m.| Location: Buffet Cancer Center (505 S. 45th St.) - Details here.
  • Member Meeting - Wednesday, March 27th |  7-8:30 p.m. - Learn more.
  • Metro Transit Monthly Board Meeting - Thursday, March 28th | 8:30 a.m. - Location: 2222 Cuming Street - Grab the Agenda.
  • Pedal Happy Potluck - Thursday, March 28th | 7-9 p.m. - Location: Omaha Bicycle Company (6015 Maple Street). 
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