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More Street Cars, Busses Could Roll Into Omaha

More Street Cars, Busses Could Roll Into Omaha

By Ashlee Pitzl. CREATED Jan 30, 2013
OMAHA, NE -  Wednesday night more than sixty people showed up to a meeting about adding proposed street cars or additional busses to Omaha roads. Planners from the city of Omaha and Metro Transit answered questions about proposed routes. 
 
The maps proposed run East-West, through Harney, Dodge, and Farnam corridors. 
 
Curt Simon, Executive Director for Metro Transit, cites business development as the major reason in choosing East-West routes instead of North-South ones.
 
"We're talking about a pretty narrow corridor that has a lot of action. There's a lot of stuff going on in this corridor. You got the crossroads redevelopment going on," Simon said.
 
The busy intersection of 72nd and Dodge, where the CrossRoads mall is, will look extremely different coming April 2015. 
 
"We want to do a hotel, residential office and a destination retail," Rodney Yates, of OTB Destination LLC said.
 
OTB Destination LLC and Omaha's Century Development plan to overhaul the site and cost $350 million. It includes a $20 million hotel and high end residential condos. It would keep some of the old site, including a parking garage and Target. More than 80 outdoor stores would be added. 
 
"It will be soft goods in focus, and positioned with a community focus," Yates said of stores.  
 
There is one more meeting slated about the transportation changes in Summer 2013. You can also chime in online at engageomaha.com