A new streamlined bus line between Sarpy County and downtown Omaha launches Monday.
The 93 Express will run between Tara Plaza, just north of 84th Street and Cornhusker Road, and 22nd and Cuming Streets, reaching downtown in 31 minutes.
That will shave nearly 15 minutes off travel times, compared to the former 45-minute route that began at the Sarpy County Courthouse at Highway 370 and Washington Street and zigzagged 84th Street as it made its way downtown.
To promote the new route, Metro is offering free rides during its opening week of service. The line operates only during the week.
Metro transit's Executive Director Curt Simon said he hopes the new service will attract commuters who currently drive the same path.
Earlier this year, the future of the line was in doubt after Papillion and La Vista considered cutting their financial contributions, citing few riders.
Riders voiced concerns and city representatives met with Metro to explore updating the route that hadn't changed in decades.
Riders on the new route will now have the option to get downtown before 7 a.m. The route will have two morning departure times and two afternoon return trips.
While Tara Plaza will be the starting point and primary parking facility for the 93 Express, CVS Pharmacy at 84th and Harrison Streets will offer a second park and ride option.