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Transportation Master Plan Public Meeting Announced Public Invited to Share Ideas for Omaha’s Transportation Network
November, 2010 – The City of Omaha Planning Department today announced a public meeting to kick-off the City’s update to its Transportation Master Plan. Similar to the process to update the City’s Downtown Master Plan in 2009, the process will start with a public meeting on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine Street, at 6:30 p.m. The Federal Transit Administration’s Regional Administrator, Mokhtee Ahmad, will be in attendance.
Mayor Jim Suttle will kick-off the meeting, followed by presentations from the City of Omaha Planning Department and the project’s consultant, AECOM. The kick-off will include an overview of the planning process, followed by small group discussions to share ideas and determine the public’s vision for the future of transportation in Omaha.
The Transportation Master Plan covers all transportation modes, including: automobile, transit, freight, air, bicycle and pedestrian. The Transportation Master Plan update will focus on public input, including the formation of a citizen stakeholder committee after the November kick-off. The Planning Department will seek representatives from across the community to participate in the year-long process as a member of the committee.
“Seeking public input is imperative to the City of Omaha’s planning process,” said City Planning Director Rick Cunningham. “I am confident the public will bring many creative ideas to the meeting about how to improve transportation in Omaha.”
The City’s current Transportation Master Plan was approved by the Omaha City Council in 1997. The costs of the Transportation Master Plan update are fully covered by a grant awarded to the Douglas County Health Department entitled “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” from the CDC. More information about the grant can be obtained by contacting the Douglas County Health Department and LiveWell Omaha.
The City has recently updated its Master Plan with the Downtown Master Plan. In addition, the environmental element to the Master Plan (Environment Omaha) is currently in progress.