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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) defines intercity bus service as regularly scheduled bus service for the general public that operates with limited stops over fixed routes connecting two or more urban areas not in close proximity, that has the capacity for transporting baggage carried by passengers and that makes meaningful connections with scheduled intercity bus service to more distance points, if such service is available. In rural states like Nebraska, intercity bus service is most often used to connect rural areas with larger urbanized areas.

The Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) has partnered with the University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) to conduct a statewide intercity bus study. The objectives of this study include the following.

1. Identify existing intercity bus service.
2. Interview intercity bus providers.
3. Conduct public information open houses to identify ridership demographics.
4. Gather public input to identify gaps in service.
5. Summarize the information gathered.
6. Develop an action plan to address intercity bus needs.
7. Share the study findings with the transportation community and general public.