New name, new buses for Omaha's city transit system

Omaha, NE – Omaha's city transit system has two dozen new buses, and a new name.

Metro Area Transit's new name is Metro. Marketing Director Linda Barritt says after 38 years, it was time to modernize and update the name. Metro was founded in 1972 as the Transit Authority City of Omaha d/b/a Metro Area Transit.

Metro also bought 24 new, clean-diesel buses with $7.8 million dollars in economic stimulus money. 24 of Metro's oldest buses will be either salvaged or auctioned.

Barritt says Metro's ridership is holding steady, with more people using the park-and-ride or bike-and-ride options.

The new Metro logo should be on all city buses by October. More information is available at