Do I Need a Car?
Yes, unless you work and live downtown. Our public transportation is not the most efficient method of transportation.
Compared to other big cities, Omaha’s traffic is not too bad. You can get to most parts of the cities in 15-20 minutes. During rush hour, it will take longer, but not that much longer.
During the morning rush hour, traffic is heavier from west to east (people living in West Omaha commuting downtown for work). And during the evening commute it’s the opposite.
Metro Area Transit
The bus system in Omaha is called Metro Area Transit (it sometimes referred to at MAT or just Metro).
In late 2020, MAT introduced Omaha Rapid Bus Transit (ORBT).
The goal of ORBT is to be a faster and more convenient method of transportation between Westroads Mall and downtown.
Uber & Lyft
Yes, we have Uber and Lyft as well as public taxis.
Are There HOV Lanes?
Although carpooling is a great way to save on gas, Omaha does not have high-occupancy vehicle lanes. Most main roads, highways, and interstates were built before carpooling became super popular. Therefore, it is unlikely that Omaha will ever build them.
Carpooling Perks for Students
Rideshare programs are popular in Omaha. If you work or attend school at Metropolitan Community College, you can go to metrorideshare.org to find people to carpool with. The University of Nebraska-Omaha also gives lower rates and special parking passes for people that carpool to campus. Although there are no benefits like HOV lanes, a lot of schools in the area and some businesses in low-parking areas give some perks still.