(Information in the following story is from: Omaha World-Herald,

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The 20-year master plan for Omaha's Eppley Airfield includes eight new gates, major alterations and renovations in the terminal and another parking garage.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials have reopened a stretch of eastbound Interstate 80 that was closed after a roadway shoulder collapsed in Council Bluffs.

Drivers are urged to follow alternate routes as a two-mile stretch of Dodge Street in Omaha is resurfaced starting next week.

WAVERLY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say five students have been treated for minor injuries suffered when their school bus was struck by a car in southeast Nebraska.

Omaha b-cycle program expanding

Aug 22, 2013

Omaha’s b-cycle program is expanding to three locations.

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If you’re traveling with your dog or cat this summer, the Nebraska Humane Society says it’s important to prepare your pet for the trip ahead of time.

Public input sought on Heartland 2050 plan

Jul 18, 2013

Public input is being sought on a 40-year visioning plan for the metro area called Heartland 2050.

Ozone Awareness Week in Omaha

Jul 15, 2013

This week is an Ozone Awareness Week in Omaha.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two years after Nebraska lawmakers approved a controversial road funding bill, state officials are starting work on long-delayed projects around Omaha, Kearney and Blair.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans will have to pay more taxes on every gallon of fuel sold in the state starting in July.

Gas prices on the decline in Omaha

May 29, 2013

After reaching a record high last week, gas prices are on the way down in the Omaha area.

Traffic fatalities up 56 percent in Nebraska

Feb 26, 2013

The Nebraska Department of Roads says traffic fatalities during the first seven weeks of 2013 are up 56 percent compared to the same time frame in 2009 through 2012.

The Nebraska State Patrol says preparedness is key when traveling during winter weather.

Bills seek to toughen seatbelt, texting while driving laws

Feb 18, 2013

Two bills in the Nebraska Legislature would make it a primary offense to not wear a seatbelt or to text while driving.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rail advocates still hope for a passenger train resurgence that would link Chicago to Iowa City, Des Moines and Omaha, but questions about the need for government subsidies continue to bog down efforts.

Supporters of enhanced passenger service spoke out last week at the Iowa Statehouse. They argued for plans to make the infrastructure improvements needed to start passenger service between Chicago and Iowa City, with hopes of later extending trains to Des Moines and Omaha.

Omaha crews re-treating some residential areas after snow storm

Dec 27, 2012

Omaha Public Works has 70 to 80 trucks in residential areas, clearing snow and ice after last week’s snow storm.

More public hearings set on Chicago to Omaha rail project

Dec 10, 2012
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Another round of public hearings is set on the Chicago-to-Omaha rail study.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a person killed in a fatal car crash on the west side of Omaha.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a person injured in a fatal car crash west of Omaha.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Roads Department plans to temporarily close a westbound stretch of Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska so a sign can be installed.

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.

The City of Omaha is working to reconfigure lanes along Leavenworth Street, from 31st to 13th Street.

23 killed in motorcycle crashes in 2011

Jul 10, 2012

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.

Open house next week on Transit Alternatives Analysis

May 24, 2012

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.

Chicago-to-Omaha rail study online open house ends Monday

May 21, 2012

Monday is the last day to participate in an online open house about the Chicago-to-Omaha passenger rail study.

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.


The Iowa DOT wants to hear from metro area residents about the Chicago-to-Omaha rail study.

A public meeting is scheduled Thursday in Council Bluffs about the passenger rail study. The combination state-federal project seeks to identify a “reasonable and feasible” high-speed passenger rail route between Chicago and Omaha. The preferred alternative route travels through the Quad Cities, Iowa City, and Des Moines, following I-80.

Heyday on May Day!

Apr 26, 2012

The number one priority on the City of Omaha’s Transportation Master Plan is the Market to Midtown Connector.

The connector would convert Harney Street, from midtown to the Old Market, into a street that supports multiple modes of transportation, including biking and walking.