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to the Nebraska 2040 Statewide Transportation Plan Virtual Open House!

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In light of circumstances related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) is offering a virtual open house to review progress on the development of the 2040 Statewide Transportation Plan (2040 STP), Nebraska’s long-range transportation plan.  

You will have an opportunity to give feedback during this open house by providing comments at various points in the following sections. If you would like to be notified when the complete draft plan is available for review and comment, please click here to provide your contact information.

The following sections will guide you through different components of the planning process and the development of the 2040 STP. The 2040 STP focuses on policies to help NDOT provide a transportation system that meets the needs of Nebraskans over the next 20 years. The emphasis of this plan is on potential transportation policies rather than specific projects across the state.

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Why Do
We Plan?

The 2040 Statewide Transportation Plan (2040 STP) is a roadmap to the year 2040, which will guide NDOT into the future of Nebraska’s transportation system. This is a pivotal time in the world of transportation, and the rate of change is only increasing.

The 2040 STP gives the state and its partners information about Nebraska’s transportation system, including how it is funded and the influences that are most likely to cause changes between today and 2040. The 2040 STP uses this information to set 20-year goals and objectives for Nebraska’s transportation system, set performance metrics for gauging progress, and set a course for evaluating and implementing new policies and processes. The 2040 STP ensures Nebraska is ready to rise to the challenges and opportunities on the road ahead to 2040 and continue its mission to provide the best possible statewide transportation system for the movement of people and goods.

This draft plan was developed through a collaborative effort with transportation partners and stakeholders as well as internal staff. This included feedback from a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) formed to help provide insight throughout the planning process. The SAC included transportation stakeholders and community leaders across Nebraska. Your feedback will guide future plans and policies needed to move NDOT forward for a more resilient and sustainable future.
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Nebraska's Transportation
System Today

Nebraska’s multimodal transportation system includes highways, airports, rail, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian elements that help move people and goods throughout the state. Ownership, operation, and maintenance of the statewide transportation system is a shared partnership between NDOT and other state and local governmental agencies and private enterprises. An overview of the current Nebraska transportation system is outlined in the graphics below.
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Defining the Influences on
Nebraska's Transportation Future

In the future, changes in a range of demographic, economic, technological, and environmental factors will have consequences for how, where, why, and when people and goods move on Nebraska’s multimodal transportation system. These changes and their consequences will result in new challenges and opportunities for transportation in Nebraska.

The future changes, or “influences,” will impact the transportation system at varying rates, degrees of significance, and in different geographical areas. To identify potential influences and how they could impact the future of transportation in Nebraska, NDOT conducted a variety of activities, including research, staff workshops, and a public survey. The graphics below highlight the research process, public input received, and the influences identified as the most likely to impact the future of transportation in Nebraska.
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Setting Goals, Objectives,
& Performance Measures

As part of the planning process, NDOT developed goals and objectives based on Nebraska’s current transportation system and how it is likely to be impacted by the previously identified influences in the future. By setting long-range goals, objectives, and performance measures, NDOT can continue to “provide the best possible statewide transportation system for the movement of people and goods” in a changing world. These goals and objectives were developed using input from the long-range plan's Stakeholder Advisory Committee and information received via the public survey.

Goals in the 2040 Statewide Transportation Plan are broad statements expressing desired results that will support the department’s mission across a wide range of responsibilities. Objectives are assigned to each goal and serve as specific, measurable outcomes that NDOT should attain to achieve each goal.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
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ASSET PRESERVATIONKeep Nebraska’s multimodal transportation assets in a state of good repair.
  • Optimize road and bridge preservation investment decisions to provide best use of limited funds.
  • Invest in the preservation of other important transportation assets including aviation, bicycle and pedestrian systems, transit facilities and vehicles, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and rest areas.
  • Upgrade essential stormwater/drainage infrastructure on major highway system elements to minimize risk of flood damage or disruption.
  • Maximize the useful life of transportation assets by using condition data and responding with appropriate maintenance actions.
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MOBILITY CHOICES FOR PEOPLE & FREIGHT
Provide efficient, affordable, and equitable options across all modes for moving people and goods throughout Nebraska and beyond.
  • Maintain or improve reliable travel times.
  • Optimize mobility investments to provide best use of limited funds.
  • Provide support for freight mobility needs across Nebraska.
  • Improve coordination, and partnerships among government entities and with the private sector to provide mobility options.
  • Use technology such as connected infrastructure and real-time travel information to improve the efficiency of the existing transportation system.
  • Improve system connectivity for all modes; particularly in underserved and fast-growing communities.
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SECURE & RESILIENT TRANSPORTATION
Manage the risk and magnitude of major disruptions to Nebraska’s transportation systems.
  • Reduce vulnerabilities on the transportation system.
  • Build redundancies into key routes to provide adequate continuity of operations in the event of disasters.
  • Secure critical transportation assets to protect users in Nebraska.
  • Provide adequate coordination among local, tribal, state, and Federal agencies to prepare for, respond to, and recover from events such as natural disasters, extreme weather, or terrorist attacks.
  • Maintain a secure information technology (IT)system to protect the intelligent transportation system (ITS) infrastructure, personal data of customers, and transportation system data.
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SAFETYProvide a transportation system in Nebraska that is safe for all users.
  • Consider safety of relevant types of transportation system users in the scoping and design of transportation improvements.
  • Reduce fatalities and serious injuries on the multimodal transportation system to work toward zero deaths.
  • Improve work zone safety for both motorists and those working to improve our transportation system.
  • Foster a workplace culture of safety first.
  • Invest in safety technology (such as cameras, dynamic message signs (DMS) and fiber optics) improvements to safety and security for all users.
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SUPPORT FOR ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY VITALITY
Choose investments in Nebraska’s transportation system that best support the vitality of Nebraska’s economy and all of its communities.
  • Improve broadband access that supports both ‘smart’ transportation infrastructure needs and wider needs for communities ‘connected’ to digital resources.
  • Ensure project selection criteria consider social and economic factors as well as engineering and safety concerns.
  • Consider communities’ wider quality of life concerns in the scoping and design of transportation improvements by coordinating closely with county, local, and tribal governments.
  • Minimize and mitigate environmental impacts in the design and construction of transportation projects.
  • Improve access to freight intermodal facilities, industrial land uses, and agricultural uses for the efficient movement of goods on the transportation system.
  • Improve transportation connectivity to established and emerging economic, employment, and social centers.
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Recommendations
For The Future

The 2040 Statewide Transportation Plan (2040 STP) includes policy recommendations across seven focus areas that will ensure NDOT and its partners are equipped with a course for evaluating and implementing new policies and processes that supplement standard operating protocols and make adjustments in policy direction where needed to best support Nebraska’s transportation system over the next two decades.

These recommendations are based on a mix of best practices, research, other strategy and planning documents by NDOT and other Nebraska agencies, public survey results, input from transportation experts external to and within NDOT, and the plan’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Some of the recommendations are already underway as NDOT prepares for the future every day with an internal research division and various plans, studies, processes, technology, and systems.

The recommendations identified for the 2040 STP are organized across seven themes which were referenced as areas of interest and opportunity during the planning process. The seven themes are presented below with a sample of some of the key recommendations. More than forty strategies were identified for the 2040 STP, and many are already being advanced by the ongoing work of NDOT and its partnership.
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Expand Data-Driven Decision-Making
Expand Data-Driven DEcision MakingTransportation is entering a period of great change – advances like driverless cars and mobility-as-a-service are indicators of physical transformations ahead.

Another feature of this transformation is growth in data related to just about every aspect of transportation. By turning data into knowledge, NDOT can maintain and improve the alignment of its investment decisions with system users’ changing priorities and needs in an anticipated era of aging infrastructure, hard-to-predict resiliency challenges, more vehicles on the road, shifting freight patterns, rising demand for transit and active transportation solutions, and emerging technologies.

Highlighted Recommendation

Expand opportunities to use predictive performance data-based tools & techniques to strengthen prioritization of transportation needs and project selection decisions.

NDOT uses data to drive decisions and forecast performance with bridge and pavement asset management tools through the NDOT Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP). NDOT should continue to examine historically observed data and develop strategies to use predictive, performance data-based tools and techniques in transportation decisions.

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Increase Multimodal ChoicesWith changing demographics ahead – including an older population, more people living and working in Nebraska’s cities, and a need to sustain dispersed rural communities -

all Nebraskans can benefit from emerging and often technology-enabled multimodal transportation choices that support the evolving mobility needs of communities where they live and work.

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Develop and adopt a ‘complete streets’ policy

“Complete streets” policies provide roadway design guidelines that prioritize safe, comfortable transportation by relevant users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. A “complete street” is designed to balance safety and convenience for everyone using the road. NDOT should develop and adopt its own ‘complete streets’ policy and produce a “complete streets” manual.  “Complete streets” policies help planners and engineers design roads that improve safety and mobility for all relevant users, depending on the need and the physical context of the project.

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Strengthen ResiliencyWith weather extremes expected to occur more frequently in the future, Nebraska’s transportation infrastructure faces uncertain risks -

and NDOT should take actions to ensure the resiliency of the transportation network not only against natural threats like extreme weather, but also against human-caused threats like cyber-attacks.

Highlighted Recommendation

Incorporate findings of the NDOT vulnerability assessment into the planning and design of NDOT’s highways and bridges.

NDOT is in the early stages of a vulnerability assessment to analyze the risk of flooding along NDOT roadways and bridges.NDOT should incorporate the findings of the ongoing flood vulnerability assessment into planning and design activities to reduce the flood risks of the assets included in the assessment.

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Embrace Technology Opportunities
Embrace Technology OpportunitiesTechnologies like ‘smart’ infrastructure, electric cars, autonomous vehicles, or unmanned aerial devices are already starting to change transportation in many ways.

Taking advantage of technology advances can help NDOT be the best steward for a Nebraska transportation network that keeps its users safer, improves their mobility, and better supports economic and community quality of life concerns shared by all Nebraskans, whether they live in cities or in rural areas of the state.

Highlighted Recommendation

Create a connected and automated vehicle (CAV) committee.

CAVs promise more mobility choices, improved safety, and congestion relief, but could mean more vehicles on Nebraska’s roads and require infrastructure improvements to accommodate them safely. To prepare for CAVs, NDOT should consider setting up a committee that can guide NDOT’s efforts to examine CAV-related challenges in areas such as law enforcement, wireless data connectivity, infrastructure gaps, or outreach and education needs. This may help create new partnerships around CAV adoption in Nebraska.

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Related Goals:
Mobility Choices, Safety, Economic and Community Vitality

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Prepare for “smart corridors” in Nebraska.

“Smart corridors” use a range of technologies to help overcome challenges like congestion, incident management, or severe weather. By continuously monitoring traffic and road conditions, for example, “smart corridors” can use automated tools like variable speed limit signs, electronic message signs, queue detection and warnings, dynamic junction and lane use controls, real-time truck parking information, adaptive ramp metering, or traffic signal management to improve traffic flow. NDOT should identify and prepare for the deployment of “smart corridors” across Nebraska in partnership with neighboring states as well as local and regional governments. With these partners, NDOT should leverage findings from the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment multi-state pilot project along I-80, which offers lessons for other important transportation corridors in the state.

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Related Goals:
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Expand Collaboration with Stakeholders
Expand Collaboration with StakeholdersBy fostering stronger partnerships and more collaboration, NDOT can leverage the reach of its work via more engaged and supportive stakeholders -

who help create a more seamless transportation network across Nebraska that bridges governmental divisions to better serve customers’ mobility needs.

Highlighted Recommendation

Engage with key stakeholders to make progress in broadband initiatives.

The private telecommunication sector has experience in providing and expanding access to broadband for Nebraska’s businesses and residents. NDOT can benefit from sharing knowledge with the private sector telecommunication industry through coordination with the private telecommunication providers and other governmental entities to increase access to broadband across Nebraska. NDOT should participate in statewide plans and initiatives to increase access to broadband or other forms of digital connectivity like 5G.

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Build Education and AwarenessBy making changes in the ways NDOT educates and learns from its partners, the traveling public and its own team, the agency can build its capacity to create a more seamless transportation network across Nebraska.

Highlighted Recommendation

Continue to support and expand on a distracted driver awareness campaign.

While improvements in vehicle equipment like seat belts, air bags, or brake assist technology have helped reduce the danger of crashes, driver distraction caused by digital devices in vehicles is a fast-growing problem on Nebraska’s roads that poses a rising threat to vehicle occupants, as well as to pedestrians and bicyclists who share the roads. NDOT should continue to partner with stakeholders through the Drive Smart NebraskaCoalition to continue to provide, update and expand upon education to the public about the dangers of distracted driving.

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Improve Organizational EffectivenessNDOT’s 2040 Statewide Transportation Plan goals are ambitious. To achieve them, NDOT must continue to explore opportunities to improve its organizational effectiveness in ways that foster efficiency, safety, and innovation.

Highlighted Recommendation

Further expand use of practical design principles where appropriate.

NDOT’s project designs are increasingly shaped by ‘practical design’ approaches that evaluate whether strictly uniform standards can sometimes be replaced by design elements tailored to better achieve project-level goals and objectives. NDOT should seek to further expand the use of practical design approaches where applicable via updates to its road design manual.

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Looking
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Thank you for your participation and feedback during the Nebraska 2040 Statewide Transportation Plan virtual open house. Your feedback is a valuable part of the planning process. NDOT will use your feedback to revise the draft plan to help ensure it meets the future transportation needs of Nebraskans.

The complete draft long-range plan will be available for review in the coming weeks. If you would like to be notified when the draft plan is available for review and comment, please provide your contact information.
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