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Transportation Resources from Outlook Nebraska

8 Apr

This last weekend, April 6 & 7, 2019, we volunteered to staff the transportation table for Outlook Nebraska’s Vision Resources Fair at the Omaha Health and Wellness Expo.

Outlook has compiled a list of transportation resources for people who are visually impaired, however this list is useful for anyone who has mobility limitations. Some of the resources are geographically specific and fill in the gaps where MOBY does not serve. Others are geared toward older individuals who are no longer able to drive themselves.

Outlook Nebraska was kind enough to share their list with us. If you know if additional resources not listed here, feel free to let us know in the comments or e-mail us at info@modeshiftomaha.org

General Transportation

Camelot Transportation: Staff is trained to provide transportation for individuals with mental or physical disabilities along with youth and elderly. Provides transportation services 24/7. Call 888-452-3194 or visit: http://www.camelottransportation.net/forms-1.html Fares: Metro (0-5 miles) $22.00; Triumph (wheelchair)- $30.00 for 0-5 miles, $30.00+$2.50/mile for 6+miles ; Additional Passenger- $10.00/ person; 2nd driver/escort/wait time- $22.00/hr

City of Bellevue Specialized Transportation Service Unit (402)-293-3138; https://www.bellevue.net/departments/human-services/programs#specialized-transportation  Must be resident of Bellevue. Provides transportation to those 60 or older or have a medical disability. Need 48hr notice for reservation, space is limited. Open Monday- Friday, 8am-4pm, trips to Omaha run at 8am, 10am, & 12pm. Cost is $2.00 each way withinBellevue and $4.00 each way for trips into Omaha. The van operates within the following boundaries: As far west as 84th St. As far north to Dodge St. approximately Platteview Road south. Please call to complete a registration prior to starting. Escorts ride free if the name is provided when you make a reservation. Wheelchair lifts available on vans. There is a 60 minute window for pickup and the first pickup is at 7am and last pickup is at 3pm.

Council Bluffs- Special Transport Service 712-328-4634 http://www.councilbluffs-ia.gov/361/Special-Transit-Service-STS.  Provides curb-to-curb demand response service for individuals unable to use MAT’s fixed route service because of disability. Available to all eligible residents within Council Bluffs’ city limits. To register for service must fill out application (requires certification from physician to verify disability). Provides transportation within city limits and certain designated points within Omaha. Monday- Friday 6:00am- 6:00pm and Saturday 7:00am- 6:00pm. Fare: One way ticket- $2.50 Booklets of 10 tickets: $25.00 (available at Treasurer’s Office in City Hall or my mail for $25.50- mail money to Public Works Department, 209 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa) .  For reservations call: 1-844-241-0946 (open Monday- Saturday 8am-5pm). Can make reservation 14 days in advance but no less than the day before desired pickup time. Be prepared to accept pickup time up to an hour before or after preferred time.

ENOA Rural Transportation: This service is available to the elderly, persons with disabilities, and the public living in rural areas of Cass, Sarpy, Douglas, Dodge, and Washington County. Minimum 48 hours’ notice is required but does not guarantee a ride. Available Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Cost varies, but is generally 0-10 miles=$2 each way; 11-20 miles=$5 each way; 21-40 miles=$6 each way. For more information visit: https://enoa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/RTP-Bro-1.pdf

Fremont’s City Cab Service (402)721-2121  Monday-Thursday; 7am-7pm, Friday-Saturday 7am-1:00am, Sunday: closed. $2.25/mile; $3.50 minimum when you get into the car

Go Go Grandparent  This service allows people who have only a flip phone to order a ride in a private car (similar to Uber or Lyft).  Call 855-464-6872, Signing up is free. Can sign up online at https://gogograndparent.com/ Ride Fare: $2.55 base fare + $0.96 per mile + $0.20 per minute (with a minimum fare of $3.50) and GoGoGrandparent Concierge Fee: $0.19 per minute

IntelliRide (medicaid only) Call 402-401-6999, Authorizes and arranges Non-Emergency transportation for individuals receiving services through Department of Health and Human Services. Requests have to be made within at least 3 business days in advance unless it’s urgent care.


La Vista/Ralston Special Services Van (402)657-3550

The Special Services Unit operates Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This service is available for all senior residents (ages 60 and older) and all handicapped residents of La Vista and Ralston. The bus will take you to a variety of destinations including senior centers, shopping, appointments, etc. (accommodation depends on prior commitments).

Fares are $1 in Zone 1 (within La Vista and Ralston and designated locations); $3 for Zone 2 (outside La Vista and Ralston city limits); $10 for Zone 3 (outside city limits). Multiple stops are an additional $1 (prices subject to change). Bus punch cards are available for $30 (each punch is worth $1). Check or cash only.  All passengers must fill out an application form prior to riding on bus (or may be filled out on the first bus trip). Reservations must be requested 2 business days prior to the rider’s requested appointment date. Passengers should be ready 10 minutes prior to scheduled pick-up time. The Cities of La Vista and Ralston Special Services Bus is a curb-to-curb service. All passengers who are not able to get to the curb of their residence without help, will be required to have a person ride along to and from their destination. There is no charge for this additional person.

Lyft  Smartphone App that lets you call a ride to your exact location and also get dropped off at a location of your choice. Download the app or sign up at https://www.lyft.com/. Do not have to schedule ride any certain time in advance; simply open app and search for nearby drivers. Depending on how busy the day is, may get a ride in 2-20 minutes. Prices vary depending on distance traveled and surge pricing. Payment works by hooking the app to a credit card which automatically pays the driver after the trip with an optional tip. $5.00 cancellation fee.

Metro- Half Fare Pass  Regular Ometro buses Elderly/ Disabled/ Medicare- half fares Cash Fares:$0.60, 10 Ride Cards:$6.00; 30 Consecutive Days Unlimited Rides: $27.00 Must have a Metro Photo ID Card Eligibility for half fare. Call 341-0800 for more information.  Fill out application http://www.ometro.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Edit-Metro_Half_Fare_App_3-30-16.pdf  Network Farthest West: 180th and Dodge; Farthest North 72nd & Sorenson Pkwy/ 30th and Martine Ave.

Farthest East around Mall of the Bluffs; Farthest South: Around Bellevue University

MOBY: MOBY provides transportation to individuals who live within ¾ mile of a fixed metropolitan bus line and have a disability or temporary health issue that prevents them from using the fixed bus line. MOBY is a door to door service that operates 7 days a week. The cost of riding is $2.50 per trip. For guidelines and application call 402-341-0800 or visit: http://www.ometro.com/index.php/rider-guide/mobyada/

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/hcs_services_transportation.aspx (402) 471-3121 Provides transportation services to eligible people who are unable to secure transportation from relatives, friends, or other organizations at no cost. Contact a worker that can answer your questions about Transportation Service or how to apply for the service: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/hcs_contact.aspx Transportation for things like doctor’s appointments, grocery store, legal aid, and adult day services but not for ocial, religious, or recreational events.

Papillion Special Services Van (402)-680-3970 Primarily for the use of elderly and those with disabilities who live inside Papillon’s city limits and Papillion SID”s city limits. Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:45am-2:00pm; Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00am-3:00pm; Need 24-hour notice and space is limited. Fare: $1.00 one way within city limits; $2.00 one way outside city limits.

RSVP CAR-GO (Fremont and Blair) 402-721-7780 RSVP’s Car-Go Project offers free transportation for men and women age 55 and older through volunteers age 55 and older who use their own vehicles. Free rides can be given to medical appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores, beauty parlors, barbershops, banks and other personal business locations. Operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in Fremont and Blair. 24 hours notice rides reservation is required.

Share A Fare: (402)-827-9814https://shareafare.org/application    

https://shareafare.org/order  Share A Fare is a cab subsidy program for residents of the Greater Omaha area who are legally blind or whose vision precludes them from driving. Share A Fare allows participants to purchase cab coupon books at a reduced rate. The coupons can be used to pay all or part of an individual’s cab fare and do not have an expiration date. To utilize the service, a certifying agent must complete the online application or PDF application. Certifying agents can be a healthcare provider, rehabilitation counselor, or vision care provider. Can get half off up to $75 a month on uber or lyft.

Seniors Helping Seniors Transportation for seniors requiring transportation throughout Omaha and Sarpy County. 402-331-3073 to schedule an appointment. $23 per hour for transportation.  Can provide transportation after surgery on a case-by-case basis, can’t be high fall risk. Seniors helping Seniors will go into a home to assist people into the vehicle. www.seniorcaregreateromaha.com

Southwest Iowa Transit Agency 1-800-842-8065  Transportation for all residents in Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby counties. Operate 24/7 (pending vehicle and driver availability). Live dispatch available Monday- Friday (excluding holidays) 6:00am-5:00pm. Wheelchair Accessible.

Uber  Smartphone App that allows you to call transportation to your exact location and be dropped off at a location of your choice. Can download the app or sign up at https://get.uber.com/ Do not have to schedule ride any certain time in advance; simply open app and search for nearby drivers. Depending on how busy the day is, may get a ride in 2-20 minutes. Prices vary depending on distance traveled and surge pricing. Payment works by hooking the app to a credit card which automatically pays the driver after the trip with an optional tip. $5.00 cancellation fee.  With VoiceOver iOS compatibility, the Uber app provides convenient accessible transportation for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Wings of love 402-571-1922 Available Monday-Friday 7am-6pm Rate is $12-15 per way No radius. Used for store or medical purposes. Give 24-48 hour notice

zTrip: zTrip, formally Happy Cab, provides cab services in the Omaha Metro Area. Scheduling a trip with zTrip can be done thru their app, by phone, hailed on the street, or booked via their website. For more information call 763-318-2900 or visit: https://www.ztrip.com/omaha/

Medical Transport

Fremont Area Medical Center Free transportation between FAMC and the patient’s residence, for those who cannot provide it for themselves. Scheduled through the department providing service. Bus service area includes towns located in Dodge County, as well as Arlington, Cedar Bluffs and Valley, and is available within the city of Fremont. Monday through Friday, 7am-4pm. Services outside of Fremont are available on Tuesday and Thursday.

Goodwill Medical Transportation (402)-932-1550 Monday-Friday 6:00am-5:00pm. Reservations need to be made 24-48 hours prior to ride. Accepts Medicaid and private pay. Medical appointments only. Fare: $18 each way or  $42 each way if you need wheelchair accessibility (with no physical assistance)

Midwest Medical Transport Company-Midwest Medair Call 402-800-2946. Offers para-transit wheelchair van services in Lincoln, Omaha, and Fremont

Medics At Home 402-345-6666 Transportation via ambulance to a nursing home, hospital, or other location. 24/7 services. Will decide the type of transport you need at the time you schedule the transport

VA Hospital Beneficiary Transportation Call 402-995-4458. Ambulance service for VA hospital. Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Must be wheelchair bound and have service connected disability rating of 30%. Must meet income guidelines. https://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vtp/beneficiary_travel.asp  

If you know of other transportation services available to people who can not drive, please email info@outlookne.org so we can share it with our associates and community clients.

Five Questions for Kim Schnitzer

14 Jan

Join us this Friday for our monthly coffee chat. We will be meeting up at 8 a.m. at the Scooters on 30th and Ames. This month, we talk with Kim Schnitzer, vocational coach, about the challenges her clients encounter accessing effective transportation. We asked her five questions . . .

1. What is your preferred mode of transportation?

My personal vehicle is my preferred mode of Transportation.  I live in Bellevue and there aren’t many affordable choices for public transportation that I qualify for, as most are based on disability.  I do use uber and lyft when my car needs service. They are good in a pinch, but are not sustainable, the total is about $40 per day by the time I drop my son off at school and pick him up.

2. What, in your opinion, is the greatest challenge to multi-modal transportation in Omaha?

It seems to me that the Omaha Transit system has operated on the premise “If people use the system we will expand”  that being said,  it is difficult for people to use a system that fails to provide access to huge areas of the city.  I think when we look at transit systems in cities of similar size, we can see that they are designed to move the workforce from their homes to their places of employment.  In Omaha there are huge gaps in the location of employers and the places were public transit goes.  This deficit has forced employers such as OTC, PayPal and Embassy Suites to work with other entities to provide affordable transportation to their work force. 

3. What, in your opinion, the the greatest multi-modal success in Omaha?

I think Metro has done a good job of keeping riding the bus affordable.  When compared with other Midwestern cities (Minneapolis, Chicago, Des Moines, Denver, Kansas City, Wichita)  the Metro bus passes are $ .50 to $3 less.  That may not seem like a huge difference, but many of my clients live on a fixed income of less than $1000 per month,  $ .50 can truly be a huge amount of money. 

4. How did you come to have an interest in transportation?

I work with individuals who are blind or visually impaired, most of them do not drive and rely on  public transportation.  These clients face real life challenges when trying to navigate the city for jobs and services.  I would like to advocate for a bus system that truly provides equal access to everyone in the city. 

5. If you could magically change one thing about the transportation systems in Omaha, without limit to budget or feasibility, what would it be?

I would love to see our transportation system more closely modeled after the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  I love the light rail and how it works in conjunction with the bus system to expand and provide transportation all over the city.  I would love to see a system that provides efficient transportation from the northeast corridor of Omaha to the south west corridor and West Dodge

Five Questions for . . . the MCC Board District 2 Candidates

17 Oct

Metro Community College’s board is divided into specific geographies (as well as an at-large seat). District 2 covers much of Northeast Omaha, including the Fort Omaha Campus. MCC has been a leader in post-secondary institutions promoting Active Transportation. This Friday, October 19, at 8 a.m. we’ve invited the candidates for the District 2 board seat to be our guests at our monthly coffee chat. We’ll be meeting up at the Scooters in the corner of 30th and Ames Ave.

To get to know the candidates ahead of time, we asked them five questions . . .

Erin Feichtinger

1. What is your preferred mode of transportation?
Walking and my bike (thanks Bike Union!)

2. What, in your opinion, is the greatest challenge to multi-modal transportation in Omaha?
We are a car-centered city – a fact reflected in the continued sprawl westward without the appropriate infrastructure to support it, introducing bonds expanding roads to hold more cars, prioritizing streets at the expense of sidewalks, and a lack of interest in the kind of urban density that would put employment centers close to where people live and to accessible transportation. All of this leads to a lack of awareness of multi-modal transportation and so, a lack of prioritization in the public will. It’s pretty frustrating.

3. What, in your opinion, the the greatest multi-modal success in Omaha?
Promoting active transportation in Omaha is a multi-layered issue that’s going to have to be addressed at several levels, so it’s hard to say what is the greatest success. The trail system is a massive and successful public infrastructure that I love to utilize. There are neighborhoods in the city that promote walkability and so, attracting people who like the idea of living close to where they work and where they play, and this is changing the conversation about transportation from “Let’s drive there” to, “Let’s walk up to…” (Dundee, Gifford Park, the Old Market, Benson, North 24th St., for example). Metro Area Transit has been receptive to community input about improving their services which has been a huge benefit to the people who need it most – like the #24 increasing its frequency to 15 minute intervals to serve communities who most need it to get to work and to social services. Really, though, the greatest success is the fact that this conversation about how to promote active transit is taking place at all, and that it’s having an impact across the spectrum – we have a bike lane on Leavenworth! Community bike shops! Rapid Bus Transit coming! Now we just need to fix the sidewalks to protect pedestrians all across the city.

4. How did you come to have an interest in transportation?
Growing up in West Omaha, not exactly a paragon of multi-modal transportation, I didn’t have a lot of exposure to questions of transportation. Then I moved to Chicago for school. Though everyone there has their frustrations with transit, the necessity and convenience of an effective multi-modal transportation infrastructure was thrown in sharp relief. I rode the train or the bus every day and it took me everywhere I could want to go. I rode my bike to and from school and work along the lake shore path, the north river trail, and the bike lanes all over the city. I walked everywhere I could. And what you start to realize is that when you’re not in a car, you experience the world and your community so much more intimately, and in Technicolor. Moving back home to Omaha, the lack of an effective and sprawling public transportation system was inconvenient, to say the least. The work I do every day, designing programs to help increase access to necessary social services for people who need them, cements even further how crucial it is to promote accessible and multi-modal transportation. It’s hard to tell someone to go to this particular place at this particular time if they don’t have access to a vehicle. The lack of access to transportation that is close to where people live and where they work and the services they need is a huge and unnecessary barrier.

5. If you could magically change one thing about the transportation systems in Omaha, without limit to budget or feasibility, what would it be
Increase the frequency of every bus route. Put in more visible bus signs that explain what bus is coming, the route, and its frequency. Provide training for every Omahan on how to ride and navigate public transportation free of charge, especially focusing on collaborating with social service agencies and the public schools. Increase the number of routes and make them go further west and to employment centers. Protected bike lanes. Education for drivers on how to share the road with cyclists and pedestrians. Protected sidewalks along busy roads like Dodge. ADA sidewalks EVERYWHERE.

My answers are a bit long – I just get really jazzed about this topic.

Brad Ashby

Declined to respond.