Omaha Moving Forward with Bus Rapid Transit Line

The Omaha Bus Rapid Transit (ORBT) system will feature prepaid fares, 60-foot buses, level boarding, and bus lanes.
May 18, 2018, 6am PDT | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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Transit Authority of the City of Omaha

Officials from the Transit Authority of the City of Omaha recently unveiled plans for the Omaha Bus Rapid Transit line, referred to as ORBT. The system will include raised stations to allow for level boarding, and bus stops will "have touch-screen digital signage that people can use to see when the next bus is coming, which will be real-time information because the buses will have GPS," reports Christopher Burbach.

Level boarding is just one feature aimed to shrink dwell times. "You’ll be able to buy tickets at a kiosk in the station, if you haven’t pre-paid. Today, it takes about 12 seconds for a bus to get going again once it stops. The ORBT buses should get rolling again within a few seconds of stopping, said Metro Executive Director Curt Simon," Burbach reports. Pre-paid fares also mean passengers will be able to board through any of the three doors on these 60-foot long buses.

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Published on Monday, May 14, 2018 in Omaha World Herald
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