Public transportation in Nebraska is a vital part of the solution to the state’s economic, energy, and health care challenges through providing an alternative in congested urban areas and serving as a lifeline to rural communities. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns.
Nebraska Public Transit is a program administered by the Nebraska Department of Transportation. NDOT’s Local Assistance Division is responsible for coordinating public transportation activities in Nebraska’s 93 counties and provides technical assistance as requested. NDOT receives money from the Federal Transit Administration and state transportation funds to fulfill requirements set forth by Nebraska Revised Statute 13-1204.
In 2013, NDOT and the University of Nebraska developed a project called Advance to assist with improving and promoting public transit across Nebraska. NDOT sponsors the project collaborating with the Nebraska Safety Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney College of Business & Technology and the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Public Affairs and Community Service.
The Advance team combines experts in the fields of business, safety, technology, research, and public policy to work diligently toward a safer, more efficient, and more reliable public transportation system for everyone. In particular, Advance focuses on the unique mobility challenges faced by our state’s rural residents, many of whom rely on public transportation as a critical point of access to social and economic resources.
The current, five-year portfolio of projects includes:
- Mobility Management
- Transit Technology for FTA Compliance and Oversight
- Transit System Training
- The Impact of Transportation on Nebraska
- FTA Safety Planning and Oversight
- FTA Civil Rights Compliance and Enhancements
- Public Outreach in Support of Public Transportation
Dispatch reviews Advance’s recent efforts to promote and support Nebraska Public Transit. Catch up on our latest achievements below.
2019 OPERATING STATISTICS
|Jodi Gibson||Highway Local Assistance Division Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kari Ruse||Transit Liaison Manageremail@example.com|
|George Gallardo||Transportation Planner IIIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wayne Masek||Transportation Planner IIIemail@example.com|
|Ken Rouch||Federal Aid Administrator IIIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Marisue Wagner||Federal Aid Administrator IIIemail@example.com|
|Linda Langdale||Federal Aid Administrator Ifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mick Anderson||Director, Nebraska Safety Centeremail@example.com|
|Kaitlyn Richardson||Rural Transit Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mitchell Locken||Rural Transit Lead Traineremail@example.com|
|Carrie Bartholomew||Program Assistant/Event Outreach Plannerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Darla Morris||Business Manageremail@example.com|
|Erin Howard||Transportation Safety Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|William Bivin||Statewide Mobility Manager, Center for Public Affairs Researchemail@example.com|
|Tara Grell||Graphic Designer, Center for Public Affairs Researchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Matt Harrington||Communications Specialist, Center for Public Affairs Researchemail@example.com|
|Chethan Miriyala||Software Developer, Center for Public Affairs Researchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Research and Administrative Support
|Josie Schafer||Director, Center for Public Affairs Researchemail@example.com|
|Yu-Che Chen||Director, Global Digital Governance Labfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jooho Lee||Associate Director, Global Digital Governance Labemail@example.com|
|Melanie Kiper||Community Service Specialist, Center for Public Affairs Researchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
This website is developed and maintained by Advance. It is part of a Statewide Transit Initiative conducted by the University of Nebraska on behalf of the Nebraska Department of Transportation [Project RPT-C990(017)] supported in part by the Federal Transit Administration [PTE Federal Award PL1601 Subaward 17-002-01]. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official view of the Federal Transit Administration.