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Old 02-19-2012, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Middleburg
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The problem with light rail is it only stops at far placed stations. .
That's exactly why light rail would be ideal in Omaha, which is more like a sprawling plate of spaghetti than a dense metropolis. Tons of people come downtown for work from far places like Village Point and Bellevue.

An east/west light rail line along Dodge St. from Village Point, with stops @ TD Ameritrade's new headquarters, Westroads/Whole Foods, UNO, and Midtown Crossing would make a ton of sense because that route already well traveled. I suppose if that was successful you could look at a 2nd line, North/South from Bellevue to downtown, with stops @ South O's downtown and the most dense part of Omaha around 24th/leavenworth.
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Northeast NE
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They could easily test the theory of from Village Point to Downtown with a bus or two.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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That's exactly why light rail would be ideal in Omaha, which is more like a sprawling plate of spaghetti than a dense metropolis. Tons of people come downtown for work from far places like Village Point and Bellevue.

An east/west light rail line along Dodge St. from Village Point, with stops @ TD Ameritrade's new headquarters, Westroads/Whole Foods, UNO, and Midtown Crossing would make a ton of sense because that route already well traveled. I suppose if that was successful you could look at a 2nd line, North/South from Bellevue to downtown, with stops @ South O's downtown and the most dense part of Omaha around 24th/leavenworth.
You failed to notice where I said...
"Now that's not to say running limited light rail lines is a bad idea, in fact lines that run from south Omaha,west Omaha, and north Omaha to downtown would be useful."

But no surprise there
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Middleburg
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You failed to notice where I said...
No, I noticed it.
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Middleburg
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They could easily test the theory of from Village Point to Downtown with a bus or two.
Yes, if buses were more reliable we could. But buses are subject to many variables that trains are not - traffic, weather, etc. Light rail arrives on time, every time, and is more likely to be used by all people, including affluent people who have busy schedules and value their time. Buses, on the other hand, sometimes arrive 10-15 minutes late, and are often used only by the mid to lower classes.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Northeast NE
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Yes, if buses were more reliable we could. But buses are subject to many variables that trains are not - traffic, weather, etc. Light rail arrives on time, every time, and is more likely to be used by all people, including affluent people who have busy schedules and value their time. Buses, on the other hand, sometimes arrive 10-15 minutes late, and are often used only by the mid to lower classes.

That makes sense. I didn't think of it from that point of view.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:55 PM
 
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Any news for the light rail?
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Midtown Omaha
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Any news for the light rail?
Just released the latest findings in the study that will be completed in May. It laid out 3 possible transit improvements, one was a streetcar line from UNMC through Downtown and North Downtown. The other two were bus rapid transit projects on similar routes. Still a long was off until anything concrete.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:17 AM
 
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I'm really unimpressed by their three alternatives. They didn't even give light rail a chance, first of all. And I think their alignments are really lacking. It's like they expect all travel to occurr within the study area. They're over-simplifying it by trying to find one mode and alignment that will satisfy the needs of Omaha when in reality that's not going to happen. I sure hope they realize there needs to be better plans for extensions, as right now I see none. In my opinion, the only way they couldn't crap out a better plan is if they only do the streetcar. From what I've seen so far we're not ready to do rapid transit correctly. Stick with the streetcar.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Omaha Nebraska and dreamland when I am sleeping
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nothing is going to change or happen


it is all hot air as long as Curt Simon is ruining (I mean running METRO bus in Omaha)

better bus service (like a non express bus route that goes between oakview mall and westroads mall

(or westroads mall and the legacy shoppes at 168th and center area)


and more greener buses and maybe wifi system on the buses would help better the bus system in omaha
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