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Expanding Omaha’s bicycle and pedestrian transit system is a key component of the city’s new transportation master plan.

The plan, unveiled Monday, looks at Omaha’s transportation needs over the next 25 years. City officials say there are four goals for the plan, including sustainability, connecting neighborhoods, and providing more options.

 An estimated 250 Omahans commuted to work and home by bicycle during the winter.

Activate Omaha sponsored the Winter Bicycle Commuter Challenge. The 250 cyclists logged 5,350 trips and more than 65,000 miles. Activate Omaha director Julie Harris says exercise is only one reason why some people choose to commute by bicycle. For others, Harris says it's a necessity: commuting by bicycle is less expensive than driving.

 

The Nebraska Department of Roads has posted a draft of Vision 2032, the state’s new long-range transportation plan.

The public is encouraged to review the plan and make comments through May 11th.  Spokesperson Mary Jo Oie says the department has been working on the plan for months. 

Highway bill could mean $300 million for Nebraska roads

Mar 14, 2012

The U.S. Senate has passed a two-year, $109 billion transportation bill.

The measure is awaiting a vote in the U.S. House.  Democratic U.S. Senator Ben Nelson says if it’s signed in to law, Nebraska will receive about $300 million over the next two years. "What it will be is money that will go to the state highway department, the Department of Roads, and the highway commission on the priorities that have been established in Nebraska."

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