- R. J. Neary

RJ’s Pathway to the Future


It’s time that Omaha’s transportation system reflects the city we want to be -- a city that is greener, healthier, more efficient, with reconnected neighborhoods. We need to invest in and prioritize multi-modal transportation options for our city. As we reset from Covid, we need to focus on how our transportation system can better serve the physical and mental health of Omahans. 

The fact is, by integrating walking, taking public transit, and bicycling into our transportation system we will drive down costs to individuals and families while also improving our well-being and environment. However, Omaha’s current transportation system is based largely on driving cars, and the trend in that direction has only exacerbated over the past eight years. When I am Mayor, I will work with the Metro Area Planning Agency, Mode Shift Omaha, community leaders, businesses and planners to make multi-modal transportation, with an emphasis on alternatives, a reality in our city. This will not only improve our city but create new opportunities for good-paying jobs and actually improve economic equity.

As mayor I will:
  • Work to create safe routes to schools to get kids walking and biking to class
  • Make sure that our city’s sidewalks are repaired, widened where possible and always immediately cleared of snow to ensure that pedestrians are accommodated and encouraged year-round
  • Focus on filling in unoccupied spaces (infill) effectively and efficiently and plan transportation around that infill to counteract sprawl and reduce driving
  • Crank up our investment in trails for cyclists, walkers and runners to improve healthy options for outdoor exercise, with an emphasis on safety and aesthetics
  • Greatly increase the options for bike lanes for commuters, especially on east-west corridors
  • De-emphasize highways in favor of boulevards and local streets that are connected to neighborhoods
  • Work tirelessly to ensure that public transit reaches all locations equally, with an emphasis on transporting workers where they live to where the jobs are
  • Study how economically disadvantaged people access public services, education and employment opportunities within our city in coordination with MAPA, UNMC and others 
  • Ensure our multi-modal transportation system is accessible to people with disabilities 
  • Identify and eliminate barriers to biking, walking, and other transportation alternatives
  • Study and, if warranted, work to eliminate the use of local roads by large over-the-road heavy trucks
  • Annually report on multi-modal transportation outcomes