By Melanie Stewart
Omaha’s Bus Rapid Transit (ORBT) will officially launch Wednesday, November 18th! We have written previous blogs on ORBT, as this is a big step forward for Omaha. ORBT is different than other bus routes, here’s the details:
Drivers are being asked to share the road. You will notice the big, orange buses and the bus-only lanes downtown. Traffic cannot enter those lanes unless they are making a right turn. Watch this short video for details. “Transit Signal Priority” has been installed at intersections west of 30th St., allowing buses to extend green lights and keep them moving. ORBT will also have a que jump at 84th street; the bus will receive a green light first while the rest of traffic waits, allowing them safely merge into, and get ahead of, traffic. Watch this short video to see how it works.
While we’re excited about ORBT’s launch, your safety and controlling COVID transmissions are of the utmost importance. If you are traveling to/from campus and can do so in a more socially distanced manner (walking, biking, carpooling with someone you live with, or driving alone) please do so. If you need the bus to get to work/receive care, please wear a mask, don’t touch your face, social distance as much as possible, wash your hands as soon as you arrive on campus, and know that Metro is working to keep buses clean.