2018 Nebraska Public Transit Week Proclamation Signing

Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring April 8-14, 2018, as Nebraska Public Transit Week.

2018 Nebraska Public Transit Week Highlights

Summary

Nebraska Public Transit Week celebrates public transit throughout the state. The week helps transit providers engage with their community through traditional media, social media, public events, and word of mouth. In 2018, Nebraska Public Transit Week increased public awareness, increased public official awareness of transit’s importance, and had over 50% of 5311 rural transit agencies participate.

During 2018 Nebraska Public Transit Week (April 8-14), 35 public transit agencies, including 32 rural public transit providers, held events throughout the state. There were 41 media stories covering providers and their events. In addition, providers were able to meet with state representatives at the NATP Legislative Event, and with local elected officials at their events.

View photos from events around the state.

Purpose

The Fourth Annual Nebraska Public Transit Week sought to promote the use of public transit across the state. As of April 9, 2018, Nebraska had 67 transit providers: 57 rural, five urban, and five intercity bus. Nebraska Public Transit Week provided a week long event for all Nebraska transit agencies to reach out to their community and inform them of their services, organize celebrations of transit and the community, and give back to their employees and passengers. The planning committee’s efforts to promote Nebraska Public Transit Week focused on 5311 funded agencies, or rural transit providers.

2018 Nebraska Public Transit Week Participation Map

Participation

Each agency decided which types of events to host during Nebraska Public Transit Week. Agencies hosted Buy One Get One Free Buddy Days and Passenger Appreciation Days with free or discounted rides for passengers. Larger events tended towards open houses or open garages at the agency facilities. These averaged a few hours and typically included free food for visitors. Open houses and garages provided agencies the opportunity to promote their services to the community. One of the most popular event types was Stuff the Bus, where agencies collaborated with a charity and encouraged the public to bring items that would benefit that charity’s cause. The agency loaded the donations into a bus to display progress towards the goal, and then delivered the items to the charity afterward. Advance staff finalized planning for and attended over 30 events throughout northeastern, southeastern, central, and southwestern Nebraska during 2018 Nebraska Public Transit Week.

Click on header to view agency events and/or activities.

AVERA ST. ANTHONY’S HOSPITAL
  • Wednesday – From 10 a.m. to noon we will have transportation related games and prizes, including a book of 20 transit tickets, on the first floor of Avera St. Anthony's Hospital.
BLUE RIVERS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
  • Open House Schedule
    • Monday-Friday: Fairbury
    • Tuesday: Hebron, Nebraska City, and Wymore
    • Wednesday: Beatrice
    • Thursday: Auburn
    • Friday: Syracuse
  • Auburn
    • All Week – Preschooler coloring contest; Stuff the Bus for the backpack program.
  • Beatrice
    • All week – Collecting good used clothing for People's City Mission.
    • Monday-Tuesday – Passenger Appreciation Days: one free ride per passenger and daily prize drawings.
    • Friday – Grand prize drawing for $20 bus pass.
  • Fairbury
    • All Week – Prize drawings.
    • Friday – Grand prize drawing.
  • Hebron
    • All Week – Games and coloring pages.
    • Thursday – Bus tour for anyone who has not ever accessed the public transportation service before.
    • Friday – Grand prize drawing for free round-trip to Fairbury including lunch on Monday, April 16.
  • Nebraska City
    • All Week
      • Passenger Appreciation: Passenger drawings.
      • Nebraska City Public School art students project on display at the transportation office, vote for your favorite.
      • Spot the Bus: Take a picture of the bus during Public Transit Week and share it with the transportation office, winner announced.
    • Wednesday – Stuff the Bus for the food pantry.
  • Syracuse
    • Monday – Veterans Day: Veterans Ride Free.
    • Tuesday – Passenger Appreciation Day: All passengers receive 1 free ride.
    • Wednesday – Ride to lunch at the senior center.
    • Thursday – Bring a Buddy ride free!
  • Wymore
    • All week – Drawings and treats.
BUTLER COUNTY TRANSIT SERVICE
  • Monday-Friday – Anyone that rides during this week will be entered into a drawing for free rides. One entry per day. Small gifts will also be given throughout the week to riders.
  • Friday – Transit Garage Open House: Between 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. we will be serving a free meal of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, and cookies. Music provided by Tony Dolezal and Bill Andel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All held in our new garage at 529 D Street in David City.
CEDAR COUNTY TRANSIT
  • We have two newspaper ads running this week. The first promotes “buddy days” where riders can bring a friend along on a ride for free, and the other highlights transit support for our local food pantry by offering $1 off a ride with an item donation. We will be handing out “goody bags” to our riders during public transit week as well.
CENTRAL CITY PUBLIC TRANSIT
  • All Week – Collecting items for the Child Development Center including baby food, diapers, wipes, animal crackers, gold fish crackers, craft supplies (paper, fuzzy balls, color books, crayons, etc.), Kleenex, and hand sanitizer.
  • Monday – Central City Trivia Matching Game
  • Monday – Silver Creek Open House: Park Place Housing from 1-2 p.m. with brochure on transit services and gifts and a ride around the community at 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Palmer Open House: Legion Club and Café from 10-11:30 a.m. with brochure on transit services and gifts.
  • Wednesday – Passenger Appreciation Day: Handout gifts, treats, and thank you notes.
  • Thursday – Dump the Pump: All passengers ride free.
  • Thursday – Central City Open House: Center or CC Mall parking lot.
  • Friday – Driver Appreciation Day: Drawing for bus tickets.
  • Advertisement on local TV and flyers handed out to the schools and day cares in the community.
CHASE COUNTY TRANSIT
  • All Week – Swag bags handed out to passengers.
  • Monday – Stuff the Bus: Riders can donate can goods to the Chase County Pantry for a one-time free ride.
  • Tuesday – Buddy Days: Two passengers ride for the price of one.
  • Wednesday – Driver Appreciation Day: Serving coffee and cookies at Imperial’s Senior Center and people will draw for prizes.
  • Wednesday – Passenger Appreciation Day: All passengers ride free in Wauneta.
  • Thursday – Driver Appreciation Day: Serving coffee and cookies at the Wauneta Senior Center and people will draw for prizes.
  • Thursday – Passenger Appreciation Day: All passengers ride free in Imperial.
CITY OF ALLIANCE/BOX BUTTE COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSIT
  • April 3 – Proclamation through the City of Alliance at the council meeting.
  • Monday-Friday – Handing out promotional items to riders.
  • Driver Appreciation Lunch.
CITY OF CHADRON HANDI BUS
  • April 2 – Proclamation at the City Council meeting.
  • All Week – Giving away promotional items.
  • Wednesday – Goodies for riders to enjoy.
CITY OF MCCOOK PUBLIC TRANSIT
  • Monday-Friday – Holding a drawing for a book of tickets for all riders. Ride and you will automatically be entered. We will also offer one free round-trip ride to any individual over the age of six who has never rode the Transit Bus.
  • Monday-Friday – Stuff the Bus: We will park the van in the Heritage Senior Center parking lot (1312 West 5th Street) and you can help two local charities by stuffing our van for either the McCook Pantry or the McCook Humane Society.
    • McCook Humane Society Wish List: paper towels, bleach, Joy or Dawn dishwashing liquid, cat litter (non-clumping), cat/kitten food (non-red please), new or gently used bath towels, and cat/dog toys.
    • McCook Panty Wish List: crackers, mac & cheese, flour, sugar, pinto beans, pork and beans, rice, oatmeal, cold cereal, macaroni, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, canned vegetables, cake mixes.
  • Friday – Open House: Come eat cake and ice cream starting after lunch until 1:30 p.m. in honor of our transit staff Donna Blake, dispatcher, Bob Allen, driver, Eldon Parde, substitute driver, and Beth Siegfried, transit manager. You will be able to tour the new bus and enter a drawing for a book of transit tickets.
CITY OF OGALLALA PUBLIC TRANSIT
  • Passengers will receive a cookie shaped like a transit bus during Public Transit Week.
CITY OF SCHUYLER HANDI BUS
  • Monday – Free coffee and donuts at the Municipal Building for riding our Handibus.
  • Tuesday – Veterans rides free for the day! Thank you for your service.
  • Wednesday – Purchase a $20 bus pass, get five rides free!
  • Thursday – Food Pantry Donation Day – Help someone in need by riding the bus! Bring your donations onto the bus in exchange for a free ride day! All donations will go to our local food pantry.
  • Friday – Free Gift Day – We appreciate our riders and want to express our appreciation with our Nebraska Public Transit Week promotional items! Thank you for riding!
CITY OF SIDNEY TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
  • Monday-Friday – Giveaways
  • Friday – Drawing for 10 bus passes worth 11 rides.
CITY OF TECUMSEH/JOHNSON COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSIT
  • Monday – Buddy Day: Take a buddy to Nebraska City for one fare (must have two paying riders going).
  • Wednesday – Free round trip within city limits.
  • Friday – Buy one ticket, get one free (limit four tickets for $20).
    • You can purchase tickets and donate them to others.
  • All Week – Stuff the Bus for the Capital Humane Society-Lincoln.
    • Donations can be dropped off at City Hall or give to the driver around town.
      • You do not need to ride a bus to make donations.
    • Receive a free ride ticket (in city limits) for any donation.
    • Capital Humane Society receives thousands of homeless animals each year. Many of those animals play with, sleep upon, or are groomed with donated items. We greatly appreciate the gifts given to the shelter to help us care for the animals. Items we use:
      • Non-clumping cat litter
      • Laundry detergent
      • Purina Small Bites
      • Large trash bags
      • Timothy hay for small animals
      • Scrub tops and bottoms
      • Yesterday’s news – used as bedding for ferrets and rabbits
      • Hand sanitizer and liquid hand soap
      • Cleaning sponges
      • Window cleaner
      • Small critter food
      • Cat and dog treats
      • Washable cat toys
      • Aluminum cans
      • Heating pads
      • Office supplies
      • Sink cleaners
      • Lysol disinfectant spray
      • AA or AAA Energizer or Duracell batteries
      • Exam gloves – all sizes
      • Purina (dog/puppy/cat and kitten) Chow
      • Bleach
      • Paper towels
      • Collars and leashes – especially for large dogs
      • Aspen bedding or shredded paper
      • Lint rollers
      • Puppy housetraining pads
      • Rubber gloves – all sizes
      • Pill pockets
      • Kong toys/hard rubber toys
      • Towels and blankets
      • Shoe boxes
      • Shirt boxes
      • Swiffer Duster pads
      • Toilet bowl cleaners
      • Distilled water
      • Blank DVD-R CD’s
CRAWFORD TRANSPORTATION
  • Monday – The 10th boarder receives a free ride.
  • Tuesday – The cost of a ride is a canned good that will be donated to the local food pantry.
  • Wednesday – Customer Appreciation Day: Handing out goody bags.
  • Thursday – Refer a new rider and receive a prize.
  • Friday – Staff Appreciation Day: Goodies from the boss.
DIAL-A-RIDE PUBLIC TRANSIT
  • Monday – Passenger Appreciation: We thank our passengers for their patronage.
  • Tuesday – Backpack Day: Pre-school to second grade student word search puzzle.
  • Wednesday – Business Appreciation Day: Thank you to Neligh Businesses for supporting Dial-A-Ride Public Transit!
  • Thursday – Anniversary Party: Celebrate 40 Years of Dial-A-Ride Public Transit during the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. We will have coffee cakes, fruit and dip, and coffee.
  • Friday – Driver Appreciation Day: We appreciate and thank our drivers.
EASTERN NEBRASKA OFFICE ON AGING
  • Issuing a free round trip voucher to anyone that refers a new passenger to the program during the month of April.
  • Extending our appreciation and thanks to all current passengers with note pads, sticky notes, reusable grocery bags, and first aid kits.
  • Hosting an appreciation luncheon for our current drivers and transportation staff.
  • Including an article in our agency’s monthly newspaper New Horizons.
  • Issuing a press release from our Public Affairs Division.
  • Including an article in our quarterly passenger newsletter The Ride Along.
  • Recognizing our program on our agency’s Facebook page.
GARDEN COUNTY TRANSPORTATION
  • All Week – Stuff the Bus to end hunger and need in our communities.
    • Donations of non-perishable foods, diapers, clothes, household goods, and furniture will be accepted at the Garden County Transportation office (919 Main Street, Oshkosh, NE) all week.
    • Friday – Donations will be collected at the Superette (101 Avenue A, Oshkosh, NE) until 2 p.m. when all donations from the week will be split and distributed to the VOA, VOA Closet, Lutheran Church, Catholic Church, and Methodist Church.
  • Sunday, April 15 – lunch at the Tiger Den (19775 US-26, Lewellen, NE) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free will offering to help fund the VOA Transportation Fund; door prizes and other giveaways.
HALL COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
  • All Week – Drivers will be handing out promotional items and free ride tickets.
  • Drivers and staff will be wearing new polos.
  • Appreciation lunch for drivers and staff.
KIMBALL COUNTY TRANSIT SERVICES
  • Monday-Friday – Stuff the Bus: Collecting back-to-school supplies for charity event.
  • Monday-Friday – Half price buddy days.
  • Thursday – Veterans Appreciation Day: Resource fair and lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday – Driver Appreciation Lunch.
  • Third grade visit to hand out coloring books.
  • Children’s Coloring Contest.
  • Trivia Contests.
  • New Riders – Receive one free ride to any of our service areas.
MIDLAND AREA AGENCY ON AGING HOWARD COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSIT
  • Monday-Friday – Stuff the Bus: Collecting items for the preschool. Donations can be dropped off at the St. Paul Community Senior Center, 808 Howard Avenue, St. Paul, NE.
    • Items needed include: washable markers, hats, gloves, paint (washable), colored paper, paper plates, paper cups, potting soil, bagged sand, Elmer’s glue in bottles, buttons, yarn, material, stickers, feathers, or any safe item that could be used for crafts for preschool.
  • Monday-Friday – Drawing for prizes for clients that ride the bus.
  • Tuesday – Free Ride Coupons
MORRILL COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSIT
  • Monday-Friday – "NO FARE" rides. Handing out promotional items to every rider.
  • Friday – Driver appreciation luncheon.
  • Week after Public Transit Week – Veteran's and their spouses will get half fare rides.
NANCE TRANS
  • Tuesday – Stuff the Bus: The bus will be parked downtown from 9-10:30 a.m. for the local food pantry and the mission. We are doing free and 1/2 price ride voucher drawings for the riders that week.
  • Wednesday – Driver Appreciation: 5-6:30 p.m. free evening meal, entertainment, door prizes, and goodies. The drivers will receive items as a thank you.
  • Friday – Stuff the Bus: The bus will be parked downtown from 1-3 p.m. for the local food pantry and the mission. We are doing free and 1/2 price vouchers in drawings for the riders that week.
NORFOLK PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
  • All Week – Hand out promotional items (reusable grocery bags, first aid kit, ear buds) every day.
  • Wednesday – Buddy Day
  • Friday – Half Price Rides
    • Planning to have an extra bus run on these days.
  • Press release being sent out.
  • Passenger survey cards.
  • Rewarding employees with travel mugs.
NORTH PLATTE PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM
  • Monday-Saturday
    • Stuff the Bus – A bus will be parked outside the public transit building to stuff with dog and cat food and supplies for The NP Animal Shelter/Trap-Neuter-Return Cat program.
    • Bus Photo Contest – The community is encouraged to take a photo of our buses when they see them out and about and then upload them to our Facebook page. At the end of the week we will draw a winner out of all the entries for $20.
    • Goodie Bag Giveaways – Random passengers will receive goodie bags.
  • Thursday – Appreciation Lunch – From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. a complimentary lunch will be served at the public transit building – Gary Sierks will be retiring after 30 years so come and wish him well, all are invited!
OMAHA METRO
  • Customers
    • Three times a day, at randomly selected times; dispatch radios Bus and MOBY operators announcing the free fares; this is for approximately 30 minutes. The ending time is again announced by dispatch. There will be different time slots each day.
    • Transit Centers: staff distribution of thank you cards for the operators and fare cards.
  • Employees
    • Distribution of ORBT (Omaha Rapid Bus Transit) T-Shirts.
    • Executive Director Thank You Card.
    • Ten Minute Massages: two days with first come, first serve registrations.
    • Random Drawing of Inside Employee Parking Spot.
    • Thursday, April 19 – Pancake Man.
PANHANDLE TRAILS INTERCITY PUBLIC TRANSIT
  • Monday-Friday – Dump the Pump: A wonderful time to try intercity bus/air connections and it’s great for our environment.
  • Monday-Friday – Daily Giveaways: For passengers only.
  • Monday-Friday – Making the Connection: Empowering Individuals Through Mobility Options in the Nebraska Panhandle. Individuals with disabilities ride for $5. Senior Appreciation: All senior citizens (65+) ride for $5. Veteran Appreciation: All veterans ride for $5.
    • All of the above good for one-way or round-trip transportation on any regularly scheduled Panhandle Trails bus route, April 8-14. Non-refundable. Assistance and training provided. Must be on the same date, or additional charges apply. First come, first served, contingent on available seating. Book today!
  • Monday-Friday – Spring B-U-St Out Event: The more you ride, the more chances you have of winning a collection of great traveling gear (March 17-April 14).
  • April 7 – Box Butte County Health Fair: Alliance High School Gymnasium 8 a.m. to noon.
  • April 7 – KNEB Home & Garden Expo: Weborg 21 Centre 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PERKINS COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSIT
  • Monday – Driver Appreciation Day: Please thank your driver today!
  • Monday – Passenger Appreciation Day: Thank you for choosing Perkins County Public Transit, this day all riders will ride for free.
  • Tuesday – Tour the Bus Venango: The bus will be visiting Venango from 10 a.m. - noon. Look for us, we will be bringing refreshments, giving free rides around town, and answering any questions you might have.
  • Wednesday – Tour the Bus Elsie: The bus will be visiting Elsie from 10 a.m. - noon. Look for us, we will be bringing refreshments, giving free rides around town, and answering any questions you might have.
  • Thursday – Tour the Bus Madrid: The bus will be visiting Madrid from 10 a.m. - noon. Look for us, we will be bringing refreshments, giving free rides around town, and answering any questions you might have.
PHELPS COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSIT
  • Come play trivia the week before Public Transit Week for a chance to win a free one-way bus pass or ½ priced pass to be used during Public Transit Week.
  • Monday-Friday – Free round-trip rides to anyone going to the senior center for lunch and handing out promotional items.
  • Wednesday – Driver and transit staff lunch at the Phelps County Senior Center at noon.
RICHARDSON COUNTY TRANSIT AND SOUTH EAST NEBRASKA COMMUNITY ACTION (SENCA)
  • Buddy Ride
    • The person who refers the most new riders will receive a $20 rider ticket.
    • Each day, rider names will be put in a daily drawing for a round trip $3 fare.
    • All non-winners from each day will be put in for a final drawing for a $20 rider ticket.
RYDE TRANSIT
  • Transit employees will be wearing new PTW T-shirts.
  • Schedule to speak to Kearney Public students about Public Transit Week:
    • Monday – Zion Lutheran Third Grade
    • Tuesday – Central Elementary Second Grade
    • Tuesday – Emerson Third Grade
    • Tuesday – Bryant Second Grade
  • Recognizing our program on our agency’s Facebook page.
  • Issuing a press release from our agency about Public Transit Week.
  • Extending appreciation and thanks to all transit employees with a bag of goodies.
  • Advertising our new routes in our Lexington operations area.
SALINE COUNTY AREA TRANSIT
  • Wednesday-Thursday – Passenger Appreciation Days.
  • Stuff the Bus in each community that has a grocery store.
  • Friday – Driver Appreciation Day: Present drivers with mugs and a $20 gift certificate to a local coffee shop.
SAUNDERS COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
  • Monday – Staff Appreciation Day.
  • Tuesday – Half Price Rides (Trip to Lincoln) – All passengers will pay half the regular fare amount. Giveaways will be handed out to each passenger.
  • Wednesday – Public Awareness Day – Calendars and brochures will be distributed to inform the public of our services.
  • Thursday – Half Price Rides (Trip to Fremont) – All riders will pay half the regular fare amount. Giveaways will be handed out to each passenger.
  • Friday – Passenger Appreciation/Free Rides (Wahoo Only) – Passengers will be able to ride free. Giveaways will be handed out to each passenger.
STARTRAN
  • Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8 – Stuff the Bus: Donate new items needed by the residents at Friendship Home, a 24-hour emergency shelter for those experiencing domestic violence. StarTran buses and Friendship Home volunteers will be stationed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at these locations in Lincoln:
    • Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, 27th and Superior, 87th and Highway 2.
    • Walmart stores, 84th and Adams, 27th and Grainger.
  • Items needed include personal care items, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, pillows, comforters, kitchenware and non-perishable food items. Cash donations are also accepted.
TRI VALLEY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
  • Newspaper advertisement offering information on services we have and how to use our system.
  • Offering free rides any day this week to the Senior Center for lunch (to help promote our Senior Center) and to acclimate our community on riding the bus.
  • Tuesday – Serving donuts and coffee for driver appreciation day.
  • New passengers ride free this week.
WEBSTER COUNTY TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
  • April 24 – Open House: Elm St. Center, 432 N. Elm Street in Red Cloud from 2-4 p.m. There will be refreshments, giveaways, and complimentary rides to the open house if you live in Webster County. Rides must be reserved 24 hours in advance of the open house. Everyone welcome.