Project Goal:intercity bus photo

Conduct the Grand Island intercity bus operational analysis, identify park and ride locations, determine sustainability, and develop a marketing plan. Deliver a plan to NDOT and the communities with these elements.

Project Description:

The local project team will review previous studies completed for the tri-city area, in addition to current travel patterns among Grand Island, Kearney, and Hastings. A Technical Committee will be developed and assist in developing realistic goals and objectives for the service, for both the short-term and long-term. They will review and discuss project needs, gaps, and strategies for proposed transit routes between the three cities. The local project team will conduct multiple stakeholder interviews to ensure input from each of the communities is considered for the final transit routes.

The FTA 5311 (f) policies and regulations will be thoroughly reviewed to understand and maximize funding resources for the future transit service. The local project team will provide community overview, including socioeconomic and demographic data, major activity centers, travel flow and patterns, and an inventory of existing services and providers. Service alternatives will be developed, which include route alternatives, service characteristics, operating and capital costs. The advantages and disadvantages for each option will be compared, with a recommended preferred alternative.

Project Updates:

September 2022 – This project is awaiting funding to begin implementation. The Mobility Management team is actively coordinating with NDOT on aligning funding.

February 2021 – The Mobility Management team published the final report in June 2020. The report outlined the Preferred Alternative chosen by the communities based on information pulled by the team. The Alternative consists of flexible, fixed-route service operating between Grand Island, Hastings, and Kearney with flexible routes traveling within each community. It will reach landmarks and services identified by the community as important and essential. With the report published, the Mobility Management team’s next step is to strategize implementation processes.

June 2020 — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the third round of meetings were held via digital conferencing. The final report is being completed and will be ready in July 2020.

December 2019 — The project team has hosted multiple public engagement meetings in town. There we have found great support within the tri cities for a service connecting the communities. The third round of public engagement has been scheduled for late March, after which the technical committee is ready to begin finalizing the proposal for presentation to NDOT and the communities.

Prior Public Meetings:

Public Input Round One

Public Input Round Two

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Go NE Where Mobility Management

William Bivin, Statewide Mobility Manager

Contact Information

Statewide Mobility Manager
William Bivin
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182

Mobility Management Project Firms: Olsson, Cambridge Systematics, TransitPlus, CDM Smith, LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc., University of Nebraska, KFH Group, Bourne Transit Consulting LLC