Electric railway vehicles are a popular form of transportation in Omaha Nebraska. These vehicles usually measure between 65 and 90 feet in length and are capable of navigating the city's streets and bridges. Recently, the Omaha City Council and Metro Transit Board of Directors signed an interlocal agreement that established the Omaha Streetcar Authority. This agreement was made in conjunction with Mayor Jean Stothert's announcement that Mutual of Omaha would be constructing a new corporate headquarters in downtown Omaha, along the streetcar route. The cost of bridge modifications for the streetcar route led HDR to explore other possibilities.
The board is expected to vote on the proposed route in September, and the TIF application and Redevelopment Plan will be considered by the Omaha City Council in April. The Greater Omaha Chamber has been a key player in this process, striving to protect a thriving business community and region through innovative leadership and collaboration. Exploiting the redevelopment opportunities identified in this plan will help to reaffirm downtown Omaha as the region's employment center. Mayor Stothert has expressed her appreciation to her office, the Omaha Metropolitan Area Chamber, and local business leaders for their efforts in making this project a success. The capacity of a typical trolley ride in Omaha Nebraska is quite remarkable. With an interlocal agreement in place, a new corporate headquarters being built, and bridge modifications underway, it is evident that Omaha is devoted to providing its citizens with dependable public transportation.