Public transportation is one of the areas where we believe we can make the biggest impact. Here, you’ll find links to blog posts, reports, and other resources specifically addressing transportation issues.
The Close the Gap Plan encourages more walkable, livable cities, suburbs and neighborhoods. The Vision calls for expanding transportation choices, including a robust transit system, which is fast, convenient and easy to use. The reports, infographics and resources below are intended to be used by the community to illustrate the practical steps, supporting data and amount of community investment needed to see the Heartland region more connected and vibrant.
Heartland Connections identifies a vision for transit and active transportation in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. It is one component of the broader regional vision, Heartland 2050. A technical study, Heartland Connections includes travel market analysis, transit service planning and a financial analysis, along with input from stakeholders, elected officials and other community leaders.
Heartland Connections identified several long-term transit scenarios that support the broader vision scenarios for regional growth being developed as part of Heartland 2050.
Throughout 2017 and 2018, the Heartland 2050 Infrastructure Committee created work groups to research best practices around a number of topics provide a resource to regional stakeholders. See the white papers below.
The Transit Return on Investment (ROI) Study will evaluate the “business case” for expanding regional transit in the region. It is modeled after a similar study that was conducted in the Twin Cities region by a group of business leaders called the Itasca Project.
A key aspect of this process is stakeholder engagement—to talk with business leaders, community planners, transportation officials and public policy experts. These steps include one-on-one interviews, a 19-person stakeholder committee and other direct outreach activities.
The project will provide a framework to support decision making over time in the context of an evolving economy and land use. This framework is designed to build community support regarding the definition and sources of returns on investment for enhanced transit, and to align with community values.
A walk audit, a.k.a. Block Talk, is a facilitated walk that surveys the active transportation environment of a community for ways to make it more safe, enjoyable, and convenient for all.