LINCOLN, NEB. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee and the top Republican on the Surface Transportation Subcommittee, announced today that the City of Omaha will receive a $1.6 million Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for a feasibility study on transit improvements along the 24th Street Corridor.
“Infrastructure and transportation development is essential to strong and successful Nebraska communities. I supported Omaha Metro Transit in their request for this grant award. Through completion of this study, Omaha can determine the best approach to improving transit and increasing safety along the 24th Street Corridor,” said Senator Fischer.
“The 24th Street Corridor is a crucial part of the transportation network and this project has the potential to improve mobility, equity, accessibility and economic development for the region. Metro is excited to work with the community and stakeholders to plan for transformative improvements along 24th Street connecting north and south Omaha,” said Lauren Cencic, CEO of Metro Transit.
“This state has a record number of available, well-paying, full-time jobs. It’s a generational opportunity to build quality of life for all Nebraskans, but that vision won’t happen without a commitment to addressing transportation barriers once and for all. The RAISE grant can unlock new opportunities for thousands of Omahans. Families must be able to get to work, home, school and job training safely and quickly. Senator Fischer has always been a strong leader in transportation solutions. We appreciate her support on this project,” said Bryan Slone, President of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce.
Senator Fischer sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in support of this grant, which was requested by Omaha Metro Transit.
More information from the DOT:
The planning project will conduct a feasibility assessment, environmental review, and preliminary engineering for transit enhancements along the 7.9 mile 24th Street Corridor from the North Omaha Transit Center to the Metropolitan Community College South Transit Center.
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