The Iowa Department of Transportation recently released a 511 traveler information app for both the iPhone and the Android.
Sinclair Stolle, 511 Traveler Information Engineer, says the Iowa 511 app reports information on interstates, U.S. Routes and state highways.
She says right now motorists can view traffic speeds from the DOT in the metro areas around the state, look at electronic roadway signs, and see still images from the DOT’s traffic cameras. Stolle says currently traffic images are only available from six metro areas but will soon be statewide.
AAA Nebraska says deaths from motorcycle crashes are up 71 percent through June.
Last year, 23 people died in motorcycle accidents in Nebraska. AAA Nebraska spokeswoman Rose White says 12 people have died in motorcycle accidents so far this year, up from seven at this time in 2011.
White says Nebraska’s mild winter is partially to blame. "For the first time in the history of Nebraska, we recorded a fatality during the month of January. With many motorcyclists out now for the last six months, we’ve seen a substantial increase in fatalities."
This morning is the public’s final opportunity to weigh in on the draft of MAPA’s 2013-18 Transportation Improvement Program.
Greg Youell, Transportation and Data Manager for the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, says the TIP represents all federally funded transportation projects in the metro area. He says transportation projects slated for Douglas and Sarpy Counties in Nebraska, and the Council Bluffs area in Iowa, are included in the TIP.
Youell says it’s important for citizens to understand they do have an opportunity to give input on the selected projects.
The design and restoration of Omaha’s historic boulevards system is the subject of a public meeting Thursday.
Omaha Parks and Recreation has scheduled a 6pm meeting at the Elmwood Park Pavilion on the historic parks and boulevards master plan. Pat Slaven of Omaha Parks and Rec says public input will guide the development of the plan’s design, restoration, and enhancement initiatives.
The executive director of Omaha’s Metro Area Transit says all options are on the table to expand alternative transportation.
An open house is scheduled for next Wednesday on the Central Omaha Transit Alternatives Analysis. Metro and the city of Omaha are working to identify transportation options in a corridor that borders 72nd Street, Center Street, Cuming Street, and the Riverfront.
The Iowa DOT has taken public comments on the rail study since February, and held public meetings throughout the state. It’s part of a five-step process that could lead to passenger rail travel through Iowa.