April 6, 2011

Omaha’s transportation future unfolds

by Staff, Douglas County Health Department

Like many other cities, Omaha has become a community that relies on cars. And while this is a viable method of transportation, the health and happiness benefits of a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly lifestyle can no longer be ignored.

Fortunately, the City of Omaha has developed new policy through a Transportation Master Plan (TMP) that provides citizens of Omaha with new choices in mobility and will direct all future transportation projects within the city — including how our transportation dollars will be spent.

The City is currently working on a year-long process to update the TMP. Once it is complete, it will be a guide to creating a balanced and equitable transportation network which focuses on multiple transportation modes including cars, bikes, walking, transit, freight and air.

Part of this update included two week-long public design workshops. Held in March 2011, these workshops provided an opportunity for Omaha residents to meet with TMP consultants and weigh in on what they felt were the most important issues regarding transportation in Omaha.

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