OMAHA (KPTM) - Changes are in store for Metro's Tri-Communities Express early next week as the route gets an upgrade.
"I think that's a good start," said bus rider Tom Lamczyk.
Beginning Monday, getting from Sarpy County to downtown Omaha will now only take half an hour compared to the usual 45 minutes. It comes at a price, however, because some routes must get the ax.
"I feel like it's a loss for myself," said Dena Ross, a regular traveler aboard Tri-Communities Express who is losing her route.
In an effort to make service more efficient, Metro is shifting its starting point from the Sarpy County Courthouse in Papillion to the Tara Plaza at 84th and Cornhusker Streets. It's a move that has some passengers scratching their heads.
"There's a lot of people that go down to that area," said Lamczyk. "They come from downtown Omaha out to that area."
A lot of the riders, however, know it could have been much worse. Without last minute funding from Ralston, La Vista and Papillion, service altogether could have been in limbo. That's why they'll gladly accept the upgrade, but with the hope that future expansion doesn't end here.
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