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.

In 2013, NDOT and the University of Nebraska developed a project 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 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. The project 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:

Nebraska has 54 rural transit providers across the state.


Nebraska had 539,748 rural passenger boardings in 2020.

Nebraskans traveled 2,965,082 rural miles in 2020.

Nebraska had 2,218,351 urban passenger boardings in 2020.

Nebraskans traveled 2,786,682 urban miles in 2020.

MOBILITY MATTERS - Transit Challenges, Nebraska Solutions

Mobility Matters is a quarterly newsletter that covers transit topics from the Nebraska Department of Transportation, the Nebraska Association of Transportation Providers, and Wellness information in one digital newsletter. See how important mobility is to Nebraska by reading the newsletters below.


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Jodi GibsonHighway Local Assistance Division
Kari RuseTransit Programs
George GallardoTransportation Planner III402-479-4368
Wayne MasekTransportation Planner
June WeyersFederal Aid Administrator
Marisue WagnerFederal Aid Administrator
Lucinda DowdingFederal Aid Administrator
Linda LangdaleFederal Aid Administrator


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Darla MorrisCo-Interim Operations Manager | Business
Erin HowardCo-Interim Operations Manager | Transportation Safety and Marketing
Kaitlyn RichardsonRural Transit
Mitchell LockenRural Transit Lead
Carrie BartholomewProgram Assistant/Event Outreach
Marshall BarthFleet and Office
Elizabeth MendykCustomer Service


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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 Development Consultant, Center for Public Affairs


Josie SchaferDirector, Center for Public Affairs
Yu-Che ChenDirector, Global Digital Governance

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.