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Transportation in Nebraska

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The transportation system of Nebraska is a liaison of multiple networks of roadways, airways, railways and waterways. These are the lifelines for extensive passenger travel and cargo/freight transportation and provide vast intercity and interstate connectivity. The majority of the roads, rail systems and water ways are owned and maintained by the state government but some are private or federal entity. The Nebraska department of transportation is actively working to uplift the transportation system and ease the traffic and congestion in the state.

Road Transportation in Nebraska

The roads form the main framework of the transportation system of Nebraska. The road transportation in Nebraska comprises of several interstate highways, state routes, bridges and tunnels. Nebraska Department of Roads is determined to ensure safe, convenient and excellent transportation and also to provide easy connectivity to various cities and states.


Some of the major interstate highways in Nebraska, namely –

Interstate 76 - It links from I-70 in Arvada, Colorado to an intersection with I-80 near Big Springs, Nebraska. The major part of the road's route is in Colorado.

Interstate 80 - It is a less accessible highway and is transcontinental, that connects from downtown San Francisco, California to New Jersey's Teaneck in the New York City Metropolitan Area. I-80 is the nation's 2nd longest highway next to I-90.

Interstate 129 - It is an auxiliary Interstate Highway and its routes links South Sioux City to I-29 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Interstate 180 - It is a short interstate highway that links I-80 in Lincoln, Nebraska with downtown Lincoln.

Interstate 480 - It is an auxiliary Interstate Highway. Its routes link I-80 in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, with I-29 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The part of the route of I-480 serving Nebraska is known as the Gerald R. Ford Expressway.

Interstate 680 - It links in counter clockwise direction from its southern terminal in western Omaha to its eastern terminal near Neola, Iowa in clockwise pattern. It is the northern gateway of the Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa metropolitan area. This freeway crosses varied terrains and scenes.

The Nebraska Department of Roads has implemented many plans and programs to ensure safe and convenient road transportation. Some of the significant programs and plans are given below.

Keep Nebraska Beautiful is a Litter Hotline platform that is initiated to keep the state clean through a system that reports any individuals who are found littering in the state. The Douglas, Colfax, Gage, Lancaster, and Dodge County Sheriffs' Offices have collaborated with Keep Nebraska Beautiful to offer a litter free and clean place.

Any motorists who observe a littering violation along any street, road or highway may call 877-NO LITTR (877-665-4887)signs

Contact Details:
Keep Nebraska Beautiful
Jane Polson, President
3201 Pioneers Blvd.
Suite 118
Lincoln, NE 68502
Phone: 402-4864562


The Adopt-A-Highway-Program provides a great opportunity for individuals, organizations, schools or businesses to help maintain cleanliness of all roads within Nebraska’s State Highway System and also plant trees or wildflowers, and helps remove graffiti, to make roads more appealing. All volunteers must be at least 12 years old and those above 18 years must be under proper adult supervision. The program is a successful government-public partnership program and various schools, social groups, business entities and religious groups actively adopt and participate in the program. The program helps to keeps the state clean by effectively reminding people not to litter, and also assist in saving taxpayers’ money.

For any further information on Adopt-a-Highway Program, please contact Denise Wallman, State Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Roads, Adopt-a-Highway Program, 402-479-4843.

Learn more: Adopt-A-Highway-Program

Biking and Pedestrian Safety Resources

The State-wide Bicycle and pedestrian safety program is a modal plan to provide safe transportation to all bicyclists and pedestrians across the state. The program is focused to elevate bicycling and walking in the state as it is an energy-efficient, healthy and non-polluting transportation alternative.

Please visit www.511.nebraska.gov before you ride.

Learn more:

Nebraska Bicycle Safety brochure

Bicycle and Pedestrian Information Center

Also read:

Nebraska Interstate 80 Rest Areas

Nebraska Highway Projects information

Nebraska Bus Services

Bus services in Nebraska are provided by the following providers.
  • Dashabout Shuttle Company


    -Omaha - Colorado
    -McCook - Omaha
    -McCook - North Platte
    -Grand Island - Columbus

  • K & S Express

    Services: Norfolk – Chadron

  • Black Hills Stage Lines


    -Omaha – Lincoln – Grand Island – Kearney – Lexington – North Platte - Ogallala
    -Omaha – Fremont – North Bend – Schuyler – Humphrey – Madison - Norfolk

  • Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging


    -Hebron – Fairbury – Beatrice – Lincoln
    -Auburn – Nebraska City – Syracuse – Lincoln – Omaha

  • Burlington Trailways

    Services: -Ogallala – North Platte – Lexington – Kearney – Grand Island – Lincoln - Omaha

  • Navigator Airport Express

    Services: -Kearney – Grand Island – York – Lincoln - Omaha

  • Omalink

    Services: Omaha – Lincoln

  • Ponca Express

    On-demand service in Ponca Delivery Area

MetrO! Rideshare

MetrO! Rideshare is a free, fun and secure service that serves commuters who are interested in carpooling and other modes of transportation across the entire Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. Anyone interested must create a new account and profile. An auto search is generated by Metro Rideshare which will automatically locate matches based on your personal preferences.

Learn more: MetrO! Rideshare

Contact State of Nebraska Department of Roads
Main Office
1500 Highway 2
Lincoln, Nebraska 68502
Lincoln Central Headquarters
(402) 471-4567
(402) 479-4325 FAX
TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Hearing Impaired)
(402) 479-3834

Learn more: Nebraska Department of Roads

Also read:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles(DMV)

Nebraska DMV County Offices

Air Transportation in Nebraska

Air transport is an essential gateway of Nebraska that serves the locals and tourists from all over the world. It is the major mode that offers all round efficient and easy connectivity. Nebraska Department of Aeronautics oversees the entire framework of air transportation in the state.


Contact Nebraska Department of Aeronautics NDOA:
Mr. Ronnie Mitchell, Director
Phone: 402.471.2371
Website: http://www.aero.nebraska.gov

Complete Airport Contact Details

Some of the major airports of Nebraska include –

  • Central Nebraska Regional Airport
  • Kearney Regional Airport
  • Lincoln Airport (was Lincoln Municipal)
  • Eppley Airfield
  • Western Nebraska Regional Airport
  • North Platte Regional Airport
  • Alliance Municipal Airport
  • Chadron Municipal Airport
  • McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport

The primary Airports that offer Commercial Services in Nebraska are –

Eppley Airfield

Eppley Airfield (OMA) is Nebraska's largest airport and owned and operated by Omaha Airport Authority. OMA serves Eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

Major airlines and destination OMA serve include-

  • Alaska Airlines operated by SkyWest Airlines - Seattle/Tacoma
  • Allegiant Air - St. Petersburg/Clearwater
  • American Airlines - Dallas/Fort Worth
  • American Eagle - Chicago-O'Hare
  • Delta Air Lines - Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St.Paul
  • Delta Connection - Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, Salt Lake City, Washington-National
  • Frontier Airlines - Denver
  • Southwest Airlines - Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love (begins August 9, 2015), Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis
  • United Airlines - Chicago-O'Hare, DenverB
  • United Express - Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark
  • US Airways - Phoenix
  • US Airways Express - Charlotte, Phoenix

Contact Details:airways
Eppley Airfield
4501 Abbott Dr
Omaha, NE 68110
Airport Information - (402) 661-8017
Business Office - (402) 661-8000
Fax: (402) 661-8025
Website: http://www.flyoma.com/

Omaha Airport Authority
4501 Abbott Drive
Suite 2300 Eppley Airfield
Omaha, Ne 68110-2689

Central Nebraska Regional Airport

Central Nebraska Regional Airport (GRI) is a public use airport owned by the Hall County Airport Authority. Allegiant Air and American Eagle are the two airlines that operate to and from GRI. The main destinations the airlines serve are Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Contact Details:
3855 Sky Park Road
Grand Island, NE 68801
Phone: (308) 385-5170
Fax: (308) 385-5179
Website: http://www.flygrandisland.com/

Administration Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Kearney Regional Airport

Kearney Regional Airport (EAR) is a public airport owned by City of Kearney ans serves the areas of Kearney, Nebraska. Great Lakes Airlines is the major airline that operates to and from EAR and it serves Denver as its main destination.

Contact Details:
5145 Airport Rd.
P.O. Box 484
Kearney, NE 68848
Ph: (308) 234-2318
Fx: (308) 236-7968
Website: http://www.flykearney.org/

Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lincoln Airport

Lincoln Airport (LNK) is an airport jointly use for public as well as military purposes. LNK is owned by City of Lincoln and operated by Lincoln Airport Authority. Delta Connection and United Express are the two major airlines that operate to and from LNK and serves destinations such as Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago-O'Hare, Denver.

Contact Details:
2400 W Adams St.
Website: http://www.lincolnairport.com/

Western Nebraska Regional Airport

Western Nebraska Regional Airport (BFF) is a public use airport owmed by Airport Authority of Scotts Bluff County. BFF serves the areas of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Great Lakes Airlines is the main airline that operates to and from BFF and the major destination it serves is Alliance, Denver.

Contact Details:
Western Nebraska Regional Airport
250023 Airport Terminal St.
Suite 10Scottsbluff
Nebraska 69361
Phone: (308) 635-4941
Website: http://www.flyscottsbluff.com/

Rail Transportation in Nebraska

The railways is also one of the main transportation modes in Nebraska that serves people from all walks of life and also important for cargo transfer. Bailey Yard is the world's largest railroad classification yard which is located in North Platte, Nebraska.


Some of the main railroads that operate in Nebraska include-


Amtrak is the National Railroad Passenger Corporation that offers comfortable, convenient and easy connectivity to and from Nebraska. The services it offers are suitable for pleasure as well as business trips to and from the state.

The stations served by Amtrak in Nebraska are-

  • Hastings, NE (HAS)Rails
  • Holdrege, NE (HLD)
  • Lincoln, NE (LNK)
  • McCook, NE (MCK)
  • Omaha, NE (OMA)

Learn more: Amtrak fare, schedule and other general information

BNSF Railway

BNSF Railway is North America's 2nd largest freight railroad system. It is one of the most significant links that offer immense connectivity of consumers with the global marketplace.

Learn more: BNSF Railway

Contact BNSF Railway Corporate Headquarters
2650 Lou Menk Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76131-2830
Telephone Operator/Directory Assistance: 1-800-795-2673

The other major railroads that offer services in Nebraska are Canadian Pacific Railway and Iowa Interstate Railroad.
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