Public transportation in Nebraska is a vital part of the solution to the state’s economic, energy, and health care challenges through providing an alternative in congested urban areas and serving as a lifeline to rural communities. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns.

Nebraska Public Transit is a program administered by the Nebraska Department of Transportation. NDOT’s Local Assistance Division is responsible for coordinating public transportation activities in Nebraska’s 93 counties and provides technical assistance as requested. NDOT receives money from the Federal Transit Administration and state transportation funds to fulfill requirements set forth by Nebraska Revised Statute 13-1204.

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In 2013, NDOT and the University of Nebraska developed a project called Advance to assist with improving and promoting public transit across Nebraska. NDOT sponsors the project collaborating with the Nebraska Safety Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney College of Business & Technology and the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

The Advance team combines experts in the fields of business, safety, technology, research, and public policy to work diligently toward a safer, more efficient, and more reliable public transportation system for everyone. In particular, Advance focuses on the unique mobility challenges faced by our state’s rural residents, many of whom rely on public transportation as a critical point of access to social and economic resources.

The current, five-year portfolio of projects includes:

MOBILITY MATTERS - Transit Challenges, Nebraska Solutions

Mobility Matters is a quarterly newsletter that covers transit topics from NDOT, Advance, and agencies. See how important mobility is in Nebraska below.

There are 59 rural transit providers in Nebraska.



631,138 Rural Passenger Boardings in 2019

Staff Directory

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Jodi GibsonHighway Local Assistance Division
Kari RuseTransit Liaison
George GallardoTransportation Planner III402-479-4368
Wayne MasekTransportation Planner
Ken RouchFederal Aid Administrator
Marisue WagnerFederal Aid Administrator
Linda LangdaleFederal Aid Administrator


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Mick AndersonDirector, Nebraska Safety
Kaitlyn RichardsonRural Transit
Mitchell LockenRural Transit Lead
Carrie BartholomewProgram Assistant/Event Outreach
Darla MorrisBusiness
Erin HowardTransportation Safety


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William BivinStatewide Mobility Manager, Center for Public Affairs
Tara GrellGraphic Designer, Center for Public Affairs
Matt HarringtonCommunications Specialist, Center for Public Affairs
Chethan MiriyalaSoftware Developer, Center for Public Affairs

Research and Administrative Support

Josie SchaferDirector, Center for Public Affairs
Yu-Che ChenDirector, Global Digital Governance
Jooho LeeAssociate Director, Global Digital Governance
Melanie KiperCommunity Service Specialist, Center for Public Affairs

This website is developed and maintained by Advance. It is part of a Statewide Transit Initiative conducted by the University of Nebraska on behalf of the Nebraska Department of Transportation [Project RPT-C990(017)] supported in part by the Federal Transit Administration [PTE Federal Award PL1601 Subaward 17-002-01]. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official view of the Federal Transit Administration.