Over the past year, Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals have been following the developments of Omaha’s new bus rapid transit system. Construction on the project will begin next year and we’ve asked ORBT’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Jason Rose, to give us an update for those who might not yet be familiar with the project.
Omaha Rapid Bus Transit (ORBT) is a new service from Metro that will unite smart technology and streamline travel for faster, more frequent public transportation. Starting next year, ORBT stations will be installed along Dodge Street from downtown to the Westroads Transit Center. Spaced farther apart than conventional bus stops, stations will include ticket kiosks for prepaid boarding, Wi-Fi, and real-time arrival signs. They’ll have raised platforms for easy boarding, and bike racks and Heartland B-cycle available at select stations to help connect you to your destination.
Natural gas-powered vehicles will have onboard bike racks, accessible navigation and Wi-Fi. Semi-dedicated roadways along the eastern portion of the route, along with signal priority along the western portion of the route, will help speed up travel.
ORBT is the biggest transit investment the region has seen in decades. It will make Omaha more competitive with other metropolitan areas by attracting talented employees and innovative businesses. It will increase mobility, save money, boost development, reduce emissions and connect the region.