Omaha’s transit authority (Metro) was awarded a nearly $15 million TIGER grant to construct bus rapid transit (BRT) along the Dodge Street corridor through the heart of the city. This premium transit project will connect Westroads Shopping Center, Crossroads mixed use development, University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Mutual of Omaha to each other and the range of office, retail, entertainment, recreation, and civic activities in downtown.
The $30.5 million Central Omaha BRT project represents Metro’s first step towards development of a region-wide rapid transit system. Metro retained SRF to prepare the critical benefit-cost analysis used by USDOT to evaluate the utility of the project in the highly competitive Transportation Investment to Generate Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. Metro’s award is only the second in the state and the first urban area and transit project.