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From the Wall Street Journal:
The Obama administration said it was revamping rules on federal transit funding to funnel more of the money to streetcars, bus routes and other projects that promote “livability…”
Among more than 80 cities that could now qualify for funding are Seattle; Cincinnati; Boise, Idaho; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D., Ore.), who led the push for a federal program designed to promote transit projects.
Read the rest here.
The Portland Streetcar runs from Portland’s South Waterfront (an area similar to their “Banks Project”) skirts the edge of their downtown and ends in the Pearl District (a brownfield site that sat largely vacant before the streetcar and is now bustling with activity). There are several types of attractions that are not near the Portland Streetcar line that will be served by the Cincinnati Streetcar. The Portland Streetcar is not within walking distance of:
- A professional sports stadium
- A second professional sports stadium
- The region’s largest hospital complex
- A Casino
- A convention center
- A zoo
- Five Fortune 500 Company’s Headquarters
All of the above will be served by the Cincinnati Streetcar. Yet, despite not serving any of these major attractions, the Portland Streetcar has been incredibly successful, has more riders per mile than their light rail system, and has spurred billions of dollars of new development in former brownfield sites.
The Cincinnati Streetcar will connect our major attractions, the University of Cincinnati and our two largest employment centers in the region, Uptown and Downtown. It will spur and accelerate economic development and create new jobs, and it will help make Cincinnati a better place to live. Support Cincinnati–Build the Streetcar.