Statewide Mobility Management Project
The Statewide Mobility Management Project was initiated in December 2015 with the goal of improving travel options for residents and visitors of the state. Six regions were defined along county boundaries—Panhandle, Southwest, North Central, South Central, Northeast, and Southeast.
A Statewide Coordination Committee and six Regional Coordinating Committees were established to help understand transit needs and overlaps. Meetings are held to identify coordination and travel improvement strategies.
This concept leverages the existing shuttle service, N-E Ride, between Lincoln and Omaha provided through the UNL College of Engineering. Currently, N-E Ride is a van service available only to College of Engineering faculty, staff, and students traveling between engineering buildings in Lincoln and Omaha.
Using the shuttle as a backbone, the strategy would broaden access to other commuters by changing rider eligibility and the service schedule. At this time, the service is funded exclusively by the College of Engineering through fees charged to engineering students, but access to the general public may expand funding sources including Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) funds.
The Southeast Regional Coordination Committee was a pilot program used to identify changes needed to the regional committee concept. The committee met five times between November 2017 and June 2018, named a Mobility Manager and created the Regional Coordination Committee Handbook. Read more about the Southeast Region Mobility Management.
In January 2018, Tri-City Roadrunner began operating a deviated fixed route north/south within Scottsbluff, Gering, and Terrytown. The routes are fixed, but can deviate from the route for curb‐to‐curb pickups and drop‐offs within three-fourths of a mile of the scheduled route. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in Gering on January 10.
Prior to this the only service available was through Scotts Bluff County Public Transport which provides demand response service in town and throughout Scotts Bluff County.
In November 2017, RYDE Transit began offering a stop in Eustis. This strategy leverages an already existing RYDE Transit regional service from Lexington to Gothenburg via Farnam. Adding this stop not only improves mobility for Frontier County residents, it also increases the number of passengers per trip which in turn increases the economic benefit to Dawson County and generates more revenue at no additional cost to RYDE Transit. Prior to this, Frontier County had no public transit services.
In October 2017, RYDE Transit started a new inter-city public transit service between Lexington and North Platte. The service operates twice a month on the Highway 30 corridor in Dawson and Lincoln Counties with stops offered in Lexington, Cozad, Gothenburg, Brady, and Maxwell to pick up and drop off residents wanting to travel to North Platte.
Johnson County Transit offers monthly regional trips to Nebraska City, Beatrice, and Lincoln, but identified an unmet transit need for service between Tecumseh to Auburn in Nemaha County that they could not meet. The Southeast Regional Coordination Committee initiated communication between Johnson County Transit and Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging (BRAAA) to discuss the issue. As a result, BRAAA started a demand response service between Tecumseh and Auburn which not only improves mobility for Tecumseh residents but also increases economic activity in Auburn.
In May 2017, Hooker County Public Transportation expanded their demand response weekly transit service to North Platte by adding a stop in Tryon to pick up and drop off McPherson County residents. This strategy leverages existing public transportation because previously the route went through, but did not stop in Tryon.
Statewide Mobility Manager
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- Statewide Coordination Committee Handbook
- Regional Coordination Committee Handbook
- Mobility Manager Handbook