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Welcome our new Volunteer and Membership Coordinator, JoAnna LeFlore

4 Apr

Please welcome the newest member of the Mode Shift family, our Volunteer and Membership Coordinator, JoAnna LeFlore. JoAnna is a consummate communications professional, with a Masters Degree in Managerial Communication from Bellevue University. She has worked with the Omaha Reader, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as being active with the Urban League of Omaha. In 2017, she was a fellow with the  New Leaders Council of Omaha.

JoAnna’s talents as a writer, social media professional and event planner will come in handy as she helps Mode Shift round out our first year of paid membership. JoAnna’s primary responsibility will be around making sure members are engaged, informed and activated. We all look forward to working with JoAnna to bring the most value to your member experience. If you see JoAnna at the CEC or a member meeting, say hello, and join the board in welcoming her to our team.

About the Civic Center Site . . .

27 Mar

On March 20th, Omaha World Herald announced that Tetrad Property Group was pulling out of redeveloping site of the former Civic Auditorium.  The developer was asking for about $90 million in incentives and the Mayor decided that was a price beyond what the city has offered to other developers.

Google Satellite image of the area being redeveloped.

Before cancelling the deal, Tetrad and the city planned to build a parking garage in addition to the garage already on the property. Please note that there are two parking garages adjacent to the site, as well, plus the numerous surface lots beneath the I-480. This type of planning does not demonstrate any vision for the transportation future of Omaha. Continue reading

Bringing the TAP to the TIP – Public Input Requested from MAPA

21 Feb

MAPA is putting together their 2019-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and is asking for public input on two projects that will be proposed for the final year of the program that qualify for the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Transportation Alternatives (TAP) are federally funded, community-based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by integrating modes and improving the cultural, historic, and environmental aspects of our transportation infrastructure.  Any questions or comments that people have should be sent to mapa@mapacog.org.

First Project is one we have raised awareness about in the past, and that is the addition of a multi-use bridge to the US Hwy 34/75 over the Platte River on the border between Sarpy and Cass Counties. Currently, pedestrians and cyclists can share the current bridge with automobiles. After a planned expansion of the road, the highway will be designated a freeway, and people walking or riding bikes will not legally be allowed to share the space with people driving motor vehicles.

Details of the multi-use bridge project over the Platte River at US Hwy 34/75 – click for larger view

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