The bikeway will be funded independently from the Omaha Streetcar, but the Omaha Streetcar and Bikeway teams are working closely together to find efficiencies between the two projects.
This page refers to the NEW Market-to-Midtown Bikeway 2.0 (planning and design for a permanent bikeway). Visit the Market-to-Midtown Bikeway Pilot page to read about the existing facility that informed this project.
Metro Smart Cities LLC, in coordination with the City of Omaha, is currently in the planning and preliminary design phase with the intent to fully design and construct a permanent bikeway alongside the Omaha Streetcar.
When the Omaha Streetcar construction begins, the current bikeway on Harney St. will be removed. Market-to-Midtown 2.0 will be a permanent replacement for the current bikeway. We are in the process of reviewing and evaluating a comprehensive array of bikeway design options for this second iteration and will share our progress on this website soon. In the meantime, feel free to submit a comment though our feedback page and take a look at some FAQs below!
Shown below, the study area for Market-to-Midtown 2.0 includes Harney Street and Farnam Street from west of Turner Blvd to east of 10th Street.
+ Is this part of the Omaha Streetcar?
+ What is going to happen to the current Market-to-Midtown Bikeway on Harney Street?
Due to generous donations from private donors, the current project will remain in place until the Omaha Streetcar is under construction on Harney Street. The most up-to-date streetcar information can be found at omahastreetcar.org.
+ What bikeway options are being considered?
The study team is looking at a variety of design options to provide a permanent, low maintenance solution. The final design will not look the same as the existing bikeway on Harney Street, with the study team looking at various median buffer treatments to provide protection between the bikeway and car traffic or parking. The team is also exploring beautification elements throughout the corridor.
+ How will this be funded?
This planning phase of the project is being funded through private donations. Future design phases and construction are also planned to be funded through private donations.
+ How much will it cost?
The design of the bikeway, including the treatment options selected, will define how much the bikeway will cost. High-level estimates will be developed as part of the preliminary design phase.
+ Who will cover maintenance costs?
Maintenance costs will likely be covered by the City of Omaha with a combination of other funding. The study team is considering bikeway options with larger up-front costs that can significantly reduce future maintenance.
+ When will the bikeway be constructed?
The timeline for bikeway construction is yet to be determined. The outcome of this phase, which provides 15% design of the bikeway, is scheduled to be completed in February 2024.
Comments on this project can be submitted through the “Feedback” button at the top left of this page, or through the comment form below.