Busguy2010 wrote:There are too many people living too far apart, going too many different places for a bus system to ever be successful in the suburbs. You could assume putting 140 million into metro as a system to put buses out there would get people riding, but I'm going to assume people who live there are plain unwilling to. The whole dynamic of suburban areas is not conducive to an all-encompassing bus system. It's plain and simple.
Now, putting 140 million into the existing routes would be a great idea. Except there's no private backing for that, so I will take the streetcar.
There are 5000 people working at UNMC, another 1000 working at Childrens, another couple of thousand at the VA, a couple of thousand more at Methodist. Add in Bergan and the schools, and UNO and Creighton and you have lots of employers who have parking problems. UNMC has already set up a parking working group to figure out how to handle this issue. They want people to use the buses. They can't get people to do that because of the short sighted thinking your point above illustrates. You can't conceive of something working, so it must be impossible. The fact is that we have a lot of employers who desperately want to off load their parking problem onto MAT. Start thinking of the problem in reverse. Instead of thinking about how to get people from Millard to "downtown", think of getting people from West Omaha to UNMC. By focusing on a point and the conditions needed at that point, you can start working back toward the other point.
For example: UNMC has huge parking problems. To get the staff there at 0700, they need to park 1000 people at 0630 to get them to their respective job sites by 0700. There is only so many spots and if you fill them with nurses, etc, you can't put patients there. So you offer these staff a bus pass or discount and the bus stops at the corner of Dewey and 42nd thus close access to Clarkson, the psychiatry building, the education campus, and the University tower. If that bus drops off at 0630, and it is an express bus, it could leave a central location in Millard say at 132nd and L, at 0600, and be there. By people parking and riding or getting dropped off at the bus stop, you get rapid transit. Does this work for people going from 154th and Harrison to 96th and Western? Probably not, but the big dogs can get fed.