Omaha Streetcar News
May 6, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm #74445
nptelegraph.com wrote MayorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new desire is to develop streetcar line
By C. David Kotok, Midlands News Service
Fresh from reaching an agreement with the NCAA to play the College World Series at a new downtown stadium, Mayor Mike Fahey is turning his attention to whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s next.
Out of his drawer, Fahey pulled plans for a $55 million streetcar loop that would join the Old Market and Creighton University to north downtown. That loop would go by the front entrance of the new stadium on Webster Street.
Fahey has been talking about a streetcar system for several years and received a privately funded proposal in the fall of 2006. But the streetcar plan sat on the back burner as Fahey fired up the effort to land a long-term agreement to keep the CWS in Omaha.
That 18-month effort is now close to completion with the NCAA agreeing Wednesday to keep the CWS in Omaha for at least 20 years after the current contract expires at the end of the 2010 championship.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It seems to make sense economically,Ã¢â‚¬Â Fahey said of the streetcar system. Ã¢â‚¬Å“If you look around the country at progressive cities, better mass transportation systems are part of the equation.Ã¢â‚¬ÂMay 7, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am #197171
Walker!!! Are you trying to make us sad or give us ideas of where to relocate???? :cry:May 7, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am #197172
Just providing some information on what’s going on in other cities so that we can all maybe look at the idea more objectively and from a more nation-wide perspective.
Most of the info I’ve posted are from cities all in the proposal phase, so moving there and “waiting for rail to happen” isn’t going to be much different if that’s what you’re doing in Columbus. ;)May 7, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am #197173
Haha, good point. Thanks for posting these. Interesting reads!May 7, 2008 7:35 am at 7:35 am #197174
Good for Omaha!
Yes…streetcar proponents should move there immediately!!
Seriously, at least Omaha has an idea of usefulness beyond barhopping and the magical “economic development” that High Street streetcar proponents can preach about without actually understanding what it means.May 7, 2008 7:54 am at 7:54 am #197175
BCOZ wrote Seriously, at least Omaha has an idea of usefulness beyond barhopping and the magical “economic development”
Omaha Streetcar is a nonprofit organization composed of grassroots citizens, organizations, institutions, businesses, and public agencies. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in the Omaha metropolitan region through the implementation of streetcars which provides greater mobility, transit-oriented development, and sustainable economic development.
As mayor in 1996, Daub attended a transportation briefing at a National League of Cities convention, where he was bitten by the streetcar bug. Convinced that streetcars held enormous economic development potential for Omaha, Daub engaged HDR for an initial study, which he said bore striking similarity to the most recent one.
Fahey and Morris believe that the streetcar plan would enliven downtown, boost north downtown development and polish the city’s image. The proposal is to use sleek, modern streetcars – rather than vintage trolleys – to portray Omaha as “a progressive city moving forward,” Morris said.May 7, 2008 8:27 am at 8:27 am #197176
BCOZ wrote Seriously, at least Omaha has an idea of usefulness beyond barhopping and the magical “economic development” that High Street streetcar proponents can preach about without actually understanding what it means.
C’mon, man. I’m trying to get people to take a look at what other cities are doing. No need to drag the conversation down into the dirt by slinging unnecessary insults on day one.May 7, 2008 6:31 pm at 6:31 pm #197177
Besides who said it was just for bar hopping?
Unless you are insinuating the students at OSU are nothing but drunken reprobates. There is plenty along that line that is more than just bars.May 7, 2008 6:38 pm at 6:38 pm #197178
lifeontwowheels wrote Besides who said it was just for bar hopping?
Hint: Someone whose bar is not going to reap the rewards of the first streetcar line. Someone who has come on here previously to slag on all of the restaurants in the Short North that are deservedly doing better than his bar.June 2, 2008 9:55 pm at 9:55 pm #197179
ketv.com wrote Streetcar Could Connect Zoo, Old Market
POSTED: 11:32 am CDT June 2, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. — Mayor Mike Fahey joined neighborhood leaders to talk about a proposed streetcar system that would connect the zoo and Old Market.
The project is called Parkway 10. It’s part of a plan by the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance to improve the 10th- and 13th-street corridors.
“The historic character of the area bound by these streets and local attractions are valuable assets, to not only south Omaha, but the entire city,” Fahey said.
In addition to the streetcar, a boulevard or parkway would be built along 10th Street. Leaders said the unique characteristics of the streets need to be maintained.
Businesses along 10th and 13th streets said they want the streetcars.November 20, 2008 1:08 pm at 1:08 pm #197180
Omaha World Herald wrote Published Thursday November 20, 2008
Fahey makes push for streetcar talks before term ends
BY MAGGIE O’BRIEN
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
A streetcar for downtown Omaha? Mayor Mike Fahey wants to move ahead on talks before he leaves office next June.
That’s why the city is prepared to pay Heritage Services $350,000 for a financial analysis that would examine how to pay for a streetcar line in Omaha. Related to that study, a new master plan would be developed for downtown and north downtown.
The City Council could vote to fund the two efforts as soon as Tuesday. The projects would be paid for with $275,000 from the city’s downtown improvement funds and $75,000 from private or other sources.
And Fahey’s hopes don’t stop there. Long term, he sees a streetcar line as the first step toward the development of a light rail system that could someday link the city to Lincoln and everything in between.
“If, in fact, we have that connection through Omaha with a light rail system, it would merge all these cities,” Fahey told The World-Herald Wednesday.June 30, 2015 3:52 pm at 3:52 pm #1083044
Decades after the idea, Omaha streetcar proposal edges closer to reality
POSTED: MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2015 12:30 AM
By Jordan Pascale / World-Herald staff writer
One day, a modern streetcar may run past Culprit Cafe on Farnam Street. But Friday morning, a group of 25 public transportation proponents with ModeShift Omaha gathered there to hear about the future of the idea from Derek Miller, a transportation planner with the City of Omaha.
READ MORE: http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/decades-after-the-idea-streetcar-proposal-edges-closer-to-reality/article_517b4eb9-baea-5ca7-80cf-1d85602067a4.html
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