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Train bill takes a ride
Commuter train one step closer
to being a Lincoln-Omaha reality
By Shane Anthony
State senators advanced a bill
Tuesday that could lead to a com
muter train between Lincoln and
LB829 would create the 11 -mem
ber Nebraska Transit and Rail
Advisory Council, which would
study the need, cost and feasibility of
a commuter train between Nebraska’s
two largest cities and the plausibility
of such a train running statewide.
Senators voted 25-0 to move the
bill to the second of three rounds of
debate. Omaha Sen. Shelley Kiel, the
bill’s chief sponsor, said such a train
could save money, create jobs and
provide an environmentally friendly
In addition, she said, Nebraska
could receive federal dollars - as sev
eral other states do - to support the
“I think it’s time Nebraska
received some of this rail develop
ment money,” she said.
Wahoo Sen. Curt Bromm said the
bill asks for no state money yet. Part
of the council’s job would be to coop
erate with the state Department of
Roads in collecting and spending
available grants, donations and feder
The council would have to report
its findings by 2002, he said. But if
the council completes the report ear
lier, the Legislature can take action
No one spoke in opposition to the
bill, but Table Rock Sen. Floyd
Vrtiska asked if the state might have
to support two systems - roads that
would still be tom up by truck traffic
and the new train tracks.
“You’re not going to take the
trucks off (the highway),” he said.
But Kiel said the train could help
keep regular commuter traffic down,
relieving congestion that costs bil
lions in lost fuel and time every year.
Omaha Sen. John Hilgert said the
feasibility study should go forward.
Questions such as cost, what materi
als to use and where die track would
be located need to be answered, he
“This is an interesting way to
solve a real problem,” he said.
Man exposes himself
Lincoln police arrested a man for
indecent exposure Monday for the sec
ond time this month.
Officer Kathy Finnell said the 59
year-old Lincoln man was arrested
about 9:10 p.m. at the Hampton Inn,
1301 W. Bond Circle, after exposing
himself to a cleaning employee.
The woman was cleaning a room
across the hall from the man, Finnell
said, when he opened his door naked.
The employee told the man to go back
to his room and put his clothes on, she
said, and then reported die incident
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SAA sends seniors into
real world with a bash
From staff reports
The University of Nebraska
Lincoln Student Alumni Association
is sponsoring the 1999 Senior
Sendoff today at the Wick Alumni
The event, which will run from 6
p.m. to 10 p.m., will feature music
and dancing in the garden next to the
center with Craig Estudillo, the voice
of the Lincoln Stars, as the disc jock
A barbecue buffet dinner will run
from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and stu
dents will have the opportunity to
visit with alumni from each of the
University of Nebraska campuses.
The event is open to all seniors,
ages 21 and older, who will graduate
in May, August or December 1999.
Seniors must show proper identifica
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Graduating seniors under 21
should contact the alumni association
for a graduation gift.
All food and drinks are compli
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