Omaha, NE — Planning Continues
The Omaha.com site reports that on June 19, 25 public transportation proponents with ModeShift Omaha gathered to hear about the current planning for the streetcar from Derek Miller, a transportation planner with the City of Omaha.
There are still many steps for the proposed $140 million streetcar before construction starts, Miller said. The City Planning Department hopes to complete a financial analysis by the end of this year. The project, if approved, could take anywhere from five to 10 years to complete.
A streetcar has been under discussion for more than 20 years, Miller said. In 1994, a report called for a historic trolley connecting downtown with Rosenblatt Stadium and Henry Doorly Zoo. In 1997, the idea was included in the city’s master plan.
Over the years, the streetcar idea has evolved from something to connect tourist destinations to a viable mass transit programusing modern equipment, Miller said.
The permanency of streetcar lines encourages economic development in a way bus routes do not, Miller said.