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Pilot Transit Tour was a success!

13 Oct

Last weekend, we piloted our Transit Tourism program that organizes fun outings for people looking to learn more about Omaha’s transit system — where it goes and how to use it. We hosted a group of ten participants ranging from small children to retirees. Our first route took the group from Crossroads Mall to the Old Market.

The day started cold and rainy, but concluded with a pleasant, sunny fall afternoon. We started the day touring the Czech/Slovak Museum housed in the former Chili’s at Crossroads Mall. In addition to the exhibits of Czech crystalware and accordions, the museum had a large, illustrated history of the Czech people set up in the common area of the Mall.

Our first leg of the transit journey began with the walk from the museum to the bus stop. This walk highlighted a number of challenges that transit users encounter. First: how to get from the museum to the sidewalk. There are no obvious or marked pathways for a pedestrian to leave Crossroads. There is a sidewalk that connects to 72nd Street on the east end, but to the south, west and north, there isn’t a clear pathway for pedestrians. Fortunately, Curtis, our guide for the day, knew about a narrow pedestrian ramp that connected the parking lot to the sidewalk on the south side of the mall property. Continue reading

Pilot Transit Ridership Project – Call for Participants and Feedback

21 Sep

Mode Shift is launching a pilot program to help encourage people to get on the bus and we’re looking for willing  participants and feedback.

One of the biggest obstacles to convincing people who have never ridden the bus to give transit a try is the hurdle of that first trip. We’d like to make that first bus ride both easy and fun. The concept is to get a group of folks together for an afternoon and ride the bus to some cool destinations. Out first event is Saturday, October 7th starting at 10:30 a.m. meeting at Crossroads Mall and making our way down to the Old Market using Metro Route 2.

We plan on making three stops. Round trip will be four separate bus rides that will cost $5.00 total if you don’t have a student pass or monthly pass. Please RSVP at our Facebook event page.

Itinerary is as follows:

10:30 a.m. – Meet at Czech/Slovak Museum at Cross Roads Mall
11:16 a.m. – First bus ride. Route 2, SE corner of 72nd and Dodge St.
11:30 a.m. – Arrive at 40th and Dodge St. Walk two blocks south to Farnam St. and the Blackstone District
12:24 p.m. – Second bus ride. Route 2, SW corner of 40th and Dodge St.
12:30 p.m. – Arrive at 24th and Douglas St. Walk one block North to Joslyn Museum (free admission — special exhibitions may be extra for non-members. Check website.)
1:30 p.m. – Third bus ride. Route 2, SE corner of 24th and Douglas
1:35 p.m. – Arrive at 13th and Douglas St. Walk two blocks south to Old Market
Return to Crossroads at your leisure, catching Route 2 at 11th and Dodge.

For more information and additional information, download the PDF of our brochure.

A very special thanks to Curtis Bryant, our member who devised and tested this route. Based on feedback, we will make adjustments and schedule more bus-related events in the future.

The Top 10 Omaha-Area Transportation Stories of 2016

31 Dec

As we bring 2016 to a close, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on transportation-related accomplishments and challenges over the past year. Here are our top ten transportation stories:

1. Historic Buildings Saved from Parking Partisans

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Mode Shift board member Sarah J. rallying to Save the Specht

Thanks to the mobilization efforts of Restoration Exchange Omaha and Mode Shift Omaha, as well as your letter writing, testimonies, and rallying, Omaha Performing Arts announced last mid-February they would no longer pursue their efforts to acquire and then demolish three century-old buildings to create unnecessary parking to be constructed in their place. Our voices DO matter (at least sometimes)!

2. Victories for Bike Safety

There were some big wins across the state for bicycling this past year. One, thanks to the work of the Nebraska Bicycling Alliance, was the approval of LB 716, which gave people on bikes the same legal right of way in crosswalks as people on foot. The bill also eliminated an outdated mandatory side path provision that was in the statutes. The law went into effect on July 21, 2016. Also, kudos to Lincoln for being the first city in the state to implement a Curb-Protected Bike Lane in a core area of downtown Lincoln. Perhaps someday we’ll see the same in Omaha, such as the protected bike lane on Harney Street featured in the Transportation Master Plan? In the meantime, we’re grateful to the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation for getting the South Omaha Trail finished; this is a much-needed addition to enable a connected, safe riding route from the Keystone to midtown and downtown Omaha. Continue reading