New transit name, services announced in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Neb. -- There will soon be a new way to get around parts of northeast Nebraska. 

On Wednesday, the City of Norfolk announced public transit service changes for the surrounding area.

It's dubbed "North Fork," with officials saying the new name reflects a commitment to serving the greater community.

Along with the name, new services are coming in 2022, including a flex route bus service called "Fork Lift." It will provide rides along three routes, seven days a week. It will also add almost 100 bus stops across the community. The cost of the convenience? 600 thousand dollars -- But thankfully, 70% of that is funded federally and by the state.

"Historically, public transportation is more and more important across the country," said Steven Rames, City Engineer.

An on-demand ride-share service is also in the works. 

''It's a great opportunity for visitors coming to our community for when they're staying in a hotel and want to go downtown and go shopping and go out to eat. This is a great opportunity for them to get on the bus and drive downtown," said Traci Jeffrey, who is the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau President.

Transit staff will be on hand to answer questions about the new service at several events this week in Norfolk. You can learn more by visiting northforkareatransit.com.

The city expects the new system to have the capacity for 80% more riders.

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