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Transportation Groups Participating in Omaha Gives! 2018

23 May

There are several multi-modal transportation-related organizations participating in this year’s Omaha Gives, taking place today, Wednesday, May 23. Please spread the love. Thanks for supporting better, safer transportation in the Omaha area!

Mode Shift Omaha

Advocates for transportation options that enhance quality of life and opportunities for everyone to live, work, and play.

Community Bicycle Shop of Omaha

Strengthens Omaha neighborhoods by promoting the bicycle as viable, reliable, and fun transportation.

Heartland Bike Share

Develops, promotes, and operates bike sharing programs throughout the Heartland region.

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25

Makes streets safer for all who walk, cycle, play, drive, and ride.

Live Well Omaha

Improves the overall health of area residents and position Omaha as a thriving community now and into the future.

Nebraska Bicycling Alliance

Cultivates a safer, more bicycle friendly Nebraska through partnerships, education, and advocacy. Continue reading

Why 151 Million?

20 Apr

On May 15, 2018, Omaha voters will be asked to approve $151 million of Street And Highway Transportation Bonds (which we will refer to as “Street Bonds”). In return for this approval, the City commits to complete some transportation projects.

Mode Shift believes it is incumbent on the City to perform three steps:

  1. Inform the voters what projects it plans to build with the Street Bonds
  2. Account for Street Bond spending and the progress of the planned projects
  3. Disclose how it selects the projects that receive Street Bonds funding

Future Mode Shift blogs will address these points, but let’s start with a simple question.

Why $151 Million of Street Bonds?

Street Bonds have been issued periodically following a vote as a “special issues” ticket. Here is the history:

$ Amount of Omaha Street Bond Issue

The City will ask voters to approve the issue $151 million in Street Bonds (1)

So taxpayers will be asked to approve a City expenditure of $151 million, plus interest, funded by property taxes. This is more than triple the historical average. How does the City arrive at this number? In short:

  • The City plans to double its spending on transportation projects
  • The City forecasts a decrease in federal funds and a heavier reliance on Street Bonds

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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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