Gov. Pete Ricketts proclaimed April 8-14 as "Nebraska Public Transit Week," with an announcement by the state Department of Transportation that highlighted rural as well as urban mobility services.
It noted that the while the state's major population centers of Omaha and Lincoln have the largest ridership, "they account for only two of the 69 transit providers in Nebraska. Fifty-eight rural transit agencies combine to serve 84 of the 93 counties, most offering demand-response service, where rides are booked ahead of time for stops to a specific destination at a specific time, similar to what Nebraskans experience with rideshare programs such as Lyft and Uber."
In all, it said, "Nebraska public transit had over 6.5 million riders in 2017 traveling more than 10 million miles combined. Public transit options, in both rural and urban communities, are vital to those who do not own or cannot use a personal vehicle. This includes the 5.7 percent of households in Nebraska that do not have access to a vehicle."
It added that public transit "provides a connection to medical care, education and jobs for thousands of Nebraskans."
The department said Nebraska Public Transit Week was organized by the NDOT along with the Nebraska Association of Transportation Providers and a group called Advance Innovation in Research and Safety. It said that last group is a partnership between the NDOT, the Nebraska Safety Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney College of Business and Technology, and the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Public Affairs and Community Service.
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