U-S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx made a stop in Nebraska on Monday. He was in Omaha to announce a $15-million federal grant that will be used for a new rapid-bus service line in the city.
Fox says Omaha will continue to see population growth. In many cities the infrastructure can’t keep up with that growth and that is why public transit is so important. He says it gives people another option to get from point “A” to “B”. Fox says it could also put more people to work. He says about one in five people don’t have a car along this corridor so this rapid transit line provides a dependable method of transportation.
The federal grant will pay for about half of the rapid bus service project. The plan calls for more than a half-dozen new buses that will provide the service along the Dodge Street corridor from about 102nd Street to the downtown area. Stops include several hospitals, the University of Nebraska – Omaha campus and the Old Market area.