ORBT FAQs

What will ORBT do?
  • ORBT will use enhanced stations and buses, upgraded technology, vehicle priority at traffic lights, and semi-dedicated bus lanes to provide faster and more reliable transit. 
Where will ORBT go?
  • ORBT will run from Westroads to downtown Omaha along Dodge and Douglas. 
When will we be able to ride ORBT?
  • ORBT is expected to begin operation in the Fall of 2020. 
Who is constructing ORBT platforms?
  • Metro’s construction team, led by The Weitz Company, will lay the foundation for each station, which includes raised platforms, roadway improvements, and travel upgrades.
How long will lanes be closed?
  • Lane closure will vary by site. The lanes will reopen as soon as construction and station installation is completed at each location. 
Will sidewalks be closed?
  • Sidewalk access may be limited due to space constraints and safety considerations, so pedestrians will be encouraged to use alternate routes until construction at each site is completed. 
My bus stop has been moved. Is this permanent?
  • Bus stops near future ORBT stations have been relocated for pedestrian and rider safety during construction. They will remain in the relocated location until ORBT begins operation. 
How will ORBT impact other Metro routes?
  • Metro regularly evaluates the network of bus routes to look for ways to better serve our community.  Some routes have been modified in preparation for ORBT to ensure rapid transit and facilitate better connections. ORBT will also replace Route 2 when it launches this fall, increasing daily round trips from 65 to 100 buses during the week. Find out more here. 
Who is building the ORBT station canopies?
  • Dimensional Innovations is manufacturing station canopies off site to limit road construction. They will be transported from the Dimensional warehouse in Overland Park, Kansas to Omaha and lifted into place by crane. 
What will happen to stations between installation and operation?
  • As construction at an ORBT station is completed, any previously closed sidewalks will reopen. Metro will install and test technology and any remaining station features. 
Will the stations be safe?
  • Yes! The stations have been designed for safety, and will include many security features such as cameras and an emergency line to the Omaha Police Department.
Who is manufacturing ORBT vehicles?
How much will it cost to ride ORBT?
  • Connecting between ORBT and the rest of Metro’s bus system will be seamless. A ride on ORBT will cost the same as a regular bus ride. 
How does ORBT fit into our long-term transportation plan?
  • ORBT was designed along the spine of Omaha’s regional transportation network to lay a solid foundation of rapid transit. Metro hopes to build future ORBT routes to provide a framework of rapid transit across the region that connects with Metro’s regular bus routes.
What will happen to Route 2?
  • This fall, Rotue 2 will be replaced by ORBT, which means that some bus stops will no longer be served. This transition is meant to serve our riders more efficiently along Dodge Street. Find out more here.  
Why is Route 2 being replaced?
  • This transition will also allow ORBT to run more frequently than Route 2, increasing daily round trips from 65 to 100 during the week. More frequent service will give riders a new level of reliability and flexibility in their travel. Find out more here
Will this happen to future ORBT lines?
  • As no future ORBT line has been set, it is unknown how routes will be affected at this time. 
What does it mean for my stop?
  • By replacing Route 2 with ORBT, bus stops for 9 out of 10 riders will change by 3 blocks or less. Our transition plan includes strategies to mitigate the impacts at the Route 2 stops that won’t be near an ORBT station. Until ORBT launches, current stops on Route 2 will continue to be served, including those relocated for ORBT station construction. 
What will happen to MOBY paratransit service?
  • MOBY boundaries along Dodge Street will not change with this transition. MOBY service hours will reflect ORBT service. For more information about MOBY, click here.