PUBLIC TRANSIT CONTACT INFO

  • Nebraska Department of Transportation,
    1500 Nebraska HWY 2, Lincoln, NE 68502
  • +402 479 4694
  • kari.ruse@nebraska.gov
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Mobility Management Pilot Programs

The goals of the Mobility Management pilot program is to evaluate whether the coordination concepts developed through this project have the potential to:

  • Provide enhanced level of access to regional centers for all trips purposes.
  • Reduce the overall cost required by local/state funding sources.
  • Develop a dataset of evaluation measures for testing the pilot program.
  • Develop business and service plans that can be utilized for coordination efforts in other regions

South Central Nebraska Pilot Program

The pilot project based in Webster and Franklin Counties involves coordination between three transit providers on trips to the regional centers of Hastings, Kearney, and Grand Island. The transit agencies involved include RYDE (Reach Your Destination Easily) Transit – Franklin County – Franklin, Webster County Transportation Services, and Village of Guide Rock Public Transit. The coordination plan detailed herein decreases the cumulative number of trips provided to the regional centers while increasing the frequency of trips available to Franklin and Webster County residents (including Guide Rock).

Call your local transit provider to learn more or schedule a ride:

  • RYDE Transit – Franklin County – Franklin (308) 425-3724
  • Webster County Transportation Services (402) 746-3251
  • Village of Guide Rock Public Transit (402) 257-4525 or (402) 257-2012

Western Nebraska Pilot Program

The region is defined as the 11 county-area in Western Nebraska encompassing Sioux, Dawes, Sheridan, Garden, Deuel, Cheyenne, Kimball, Banner, Morrill, Box Butte, and Scotts Bluff Counties. The regional coordination and pilot programs are focused primarily on services operated in the cities of Scottsbluff and Alliance. The pilot projects involve coordination opportunities between local transit providers; Handy Bus in Scotts Bluff County, the Region 1 Office of Human Development (OHD), Cirrus House, and HandiBus in Box Butte County. The recommendations for coordination programs are outlined in a phased approach. Phase 1 includes the programs to be implemented in the first six months of the pilot program and Phase 2 outlines the implementation plan for second half of the year. The primary focus of the recommendations is to better coordinate existing services and to improve service coordination, scheduling, billing and marketing within the respective service areas.

Phase 1

An assessment of trips in the western region showed that there were service redundancies between Region 1 OHD and Handy Bus of Scotts Bluff. Phase 1 of the pilot program identified opportunities for coordination between the two agencies with Handy Bus taking over trips for OHD. Combining trips and services would not only provide greater efficiencies but it would allow OHD staff to have more time to focus on administrative tasks and customer care and less time driving buses.

Phase 2

As part of Phase 2 of the Implementation Plan, it is recommended that Handy Bus coordinate services with Cirrus House. The agreement to provide transit services for the Cirrus House residents would be similar in scope to the services provided to with OHD customers in Phase 1.

A potential fixed-route service and Scottsbluff and Gering would also be considered as part of the Phase 2 Pilot Program. An operations plan and financial plan would need to be completed to provide the approach to fund and operate the route. The recommended route would operate two days a week, and include the major transit trip generation locations in the county.