Omaha Streetcar Authority selects HDR to deliver final design for streetcar project

May 9, 2023
The 3.2-mile project will connect downtown Omaha to the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The Omaha Streetcar Authority has selected HDR to deliver the final design for Omaha’s 3.2-mile streetcar project, connecting downtown Omaha to the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

HDR previously led preliminary design, defining the streetcar's route, stop locations, vehicle specifications and more.

“The Omaha Streetcar is a transformational project for the urban core of Omaha,” said HDR Principal-in-Charge Matt Tondl. “As a lifelong Omahan, being part of the team that makes this project a reality is one of the highlights of my career.”

The Omaha Streetcar project will connect neighborhoods and drive opportunities through infill development. It features 23 stops, two bridge replacements, a new vehicle maintenance facility and more. Multiple major employers are located along the corridor and an economic benefits analysis predicted an increase of more than 16,000 jobs along the streetcar route. Similar projects in communities such as Kansas City and Milwaukee have generated billions in economic development and re-energized downtown neighborhoods.

"Communities across North America have benefited from their investments in modern streetcars,” said HDR Global Transit Director Tom Waldron. “HDR has had a direct hand in helping many of these cities realize these benefits, and we’re excited for our transit experts to bring similar results to Omaha.”

HDR is an industry leader in modern streetcar planning, design and program management. This expertise includes items critical to the success of the Omaha Streetcar project, such as utility coordination, leveraging the benefits of CMAR project delivery and understanding operational needs for a starter system.

The design phase is expected to be complete in mid-2024, with streetcar service anticipated to open in 2027.