Project Goal:intercity bus photo

Conduct a feasibility study to deliver a future Lincoln to Omaha intercity bus route based on the Colorado Bustang model. Determine investment needed to launch similar service including capital investment and long-term sustainability.

Project Description:

The local project team will review previous studies completed for transit options between Lincoln and Omaha. 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. The local team will review and discuss project needs, gaps, and strategies for proposed transit routes between the two cities. The local project team will conduct multiple stakeholder interviews to ensure input from Omaha, Lincoln, and the smaller 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, concluding that a bus route between Lincoln and Omaha is realistic. The Preferred Alternative defined within details two routes running between the cities designed for end user accommodation as well as a third route to serve the rural communities along Highway 6. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, the next step (securing funding) will be on hold to direct resources for aid.

June 2020 — The public input phase concluded in February. The final report will be ready in July 2020.

Prior Public Meetings:

Public Input Round One

Public Input Round Two

Public Input Round Three

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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