Transportation in Omaha & Council Bluffs Metro
Our community is overly dependent on cars to get around. Life is significantly more challenging here for people who don’t have access to a car. We have much room for growth and improvement within this area, specifically in providing more public transit, walking, and bicycling options.
The Omaha-Council Bluffs area owes much of its development and growth to the transportation industry, a result of the railroad construction boom in the 1800s. The area served as the eastern end of the first Transcontinental Railroad, which helped bring rise to Omaha’s stockyards and fuel the area’s livestock and meat packing businesses.
Transportation provides critical connections to all areas of our community; we rely on it to get to work and school, and access shopping centers, health care facilities and recreational activities. Historically, the development of highways has shaped the ways different areas of our community are connected to—or disconnected from—each other. For example, the construction of Highway 75 cut off and isolated North Omaha from both downtown and West Omaha. Without reliable, accessible, and timely transportation options, some of our neighbors and friends are limited to where they are able to work, go to school, and receive health care.
Expanding our current transit infrastructure requires long-term planning and investment. Great work has already begun, including the development of a Regional Transit Vision by Heartland 2050 and the creation of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system by Metro, our region’s public transit authority.