FIRST AVE Project
First Avenue, a former railroad corridor, is a 66’ wide right-of-way stretching from I-29 in the west to Indian Creek in the east. It is one block south of West Broadway and represents an opportunity to link downtown Council Bluffs with downtown Omaha and all points in between. Roughly 30% of Council Bluffs residents live within a half mile of First Avenue. The corridor is lined with businesses along West Broadway, destinations such as Thomas Jefferson High School and Cochran Park, and numerous opportunities for mixed-use and multi-family residential redevelopment.
“FIRST AVE” is an acronym that stands for Furthering Interconnections, Revitalization, Streetscapes, Transportation, and Aesthetics for a Vibrant Economy. This webpage is where we post pertinent information and plans related to the efforts in this important corridor. Please contact us if you have any questions.
We have developed an online interactive map to present the layers of analysis developed for the First Ave Transit Alternatives Analysis project. The map currently only contains potential alignments, potential station locations, and multimodal analysis (biking and walking) layers. Eventually additional layers will be added. Clicking the link will take you to an overview page. Click the “View Map” button to proceed to the map. When you first load the map, not all layers are turned on. If you click a layer in the right-hand side legend, it will toggle on or off. Many layers are clickable for more information.
We would like you to take the opportunity over the next week or two to comment on any areas that are particularly challenging for biking/walking, missing data, or other potential errors you might notice. You can also provide general comments of locations that you think might be particular opportunities for redevelopment, walking/biking improvements, transit destinations, etc. There are two ways to provide comments:
- Click on station locations and enter comments
- Use the “add segment” and “add point” buttons on the righthand side to draw lines and points, respectively, which you can then add comments to.
Adding your name is optional, but preferable in case we need to follow up for clarification.
Mode Shift Omaha (ZOOM format June 2020) (mp4 file)
1st Avenue Committee Meeting (January 2020) (mp4 file)
Brandon Garrett’s - 1st Avenue Presentation to City Council (PowerPoint Presentation)
Press Release: FIRST AVE September 10, 2019
Transit Return on Investment Report (Spring 2020)
West Broadway Corridor Plan - Media Stories