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February 26, 2010
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February 25, 2010
Michael Moore, Director of the Department of Transportation and Engineering for the City of Cincinnati, and Dan Hurley discuss the Cincinnati Streetcar on Newsmakers. Watch the Video Here.
February 24, 2010
The Urbanophile lists four important factors that help make a transit system a success:
First, there must be attractions at both ends so the fixed costs in tracks and cars can make money both ways.
The Cincinnati Streetcar has attractions at both ends of the route and in the middle. The UC Medical Complex and Cincinnati Zoo anchor the line to the north and the Riverfront and Downtown anchor the line to the south. In the middle there is the Gateway Quarter, the Casino, numerous arts venues, Short Vine Business District and the University of Cincinnati. The variety of attractions along the line will provide for
Second, land use matters.
There are a variety of zoning districts along the route that allow for high density development including areas zoned Downtown Development and Urban Mixed. The historic land use in Over-the-Rhine has been extremely dense and the streetcar can help repopulate and create jobs in this area.
Third is that quality of service matters.
Modern streetcars offer a smooth, comfortable ride and are easy to board. A ride on a streetcar is much more pleasant than a bus. For those who remember flying out of Concourse C, which did you prefer to ride- the electric tram or the shuttle bus connection?
Fourth, if there’s lots of free parking at the destination it’s almost always easier to drive.
With the exception of meters on the street after 5pm, there is very little if any free parking along the route, but the streetcar will allow people coming into the city from the suburbs to only park once and ride to their various destinations or to pay less to park at a garage farther away from the stadiums and save money.
The Cincinnati Streetcar is a good investment because it will create new jobs, support the investments the City has made and will continue to make in the urban core, connect our major attractions and the two largest employment centers that contain over half of the jobs in the entire City, stimulate new economic activity along the route, and enhance and accelerate existing development that is occurring in the center city—resulting in more revenues for all of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods.
February 18, 2010
I wanted you to hear from me on the news of the City’s TIGER Grant application from the US Department of Transportation for the Cincinnati Streetcar project. As you may know, we did not receive funding in this round. Let me be clear: Today’s announcement does not hurt the viability of our Streetcar project. The Mayor and I have experience in these types of federal processes, and that is why we did not put all of our eggs in one funding basket. Our resolve has not changed.
We have two other applications for the streetcar:
· Urban Circulator (Federal) – $25 million – This Grant Program is specifically for Streetcar type projects. The four streetcar projects that did receive money today are now not eligible for these funds. We believe this improves our positioning.
· TRAC Grant – Ohio (Transportation Review and Advisory Committee) – $50 million.
In fact, the Mayor and I have been invited to a Streetcar Summit in Washington DC next week to present our streetcar project at the Summit. We will meet with Members of Congress and key White House and Administrative staff about it.
Cincinnati has received positive feedback over the past year from Members of Congress and White House staff about our project and its benefits for our city.
We continue to believe that the Streetcar project is a game-changing project for Cincinnati that will lead to new businesses and job creation.
Thank you for your ongoing interest in and support of the Cincinnati Streetcar project.
Onward and Upward.
February 17, 2010
Good afternoon –
As you may have heard, the Cincinnati Streetcar project was not one of the projects that received federal funding today from the TIGER grant. I want to assure you that this does not hurt the Streetcar project.
We have applied for funding from several different state and federal sources. Today’s announcement simply means that we did not receive this particular grant. In fact, out of 61 projects to receive funding today, only four streetcar projects were selected.
The federal government announced $1.5 billion in grants today. That is from over $56 billion in applications. Our project is simply one of many good projects that will be competing for the other funding that is still available. And, let me be clear, we are confident that our Streetcar project is one of the best projects in the country.
One of the pots of money still available is the Urban Circulator grant program, which is intended for streetcar-type projects. The reality is that after today’s announcement, there are four fewer projects competing with us for that funding.
There is going to be a lot written and said about today’s announcement and what it means for the future of the Streetcar project. I want you reassure you that despite the chatter, the Streetcar project is still on target and is going to lead to new businesses and job creation in Cincinnati.
I want to thank you for your support. Together we are going to continue to move our City forward with a bold vision for the future.
Mayor Mark Mallory
February 17, 2010
The Cincinnati Streetcar remains eligible for $75 million in state and federal funding after the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant awards were announced earlier today. A total of 1457 applications totaling $59 billion were submitted for only $1.5 billion in awards. Applications totaled 37 times more than the amount award. Funding requests have been submitted for additional funding sources, including a program specifically designated for funding streetcar projects around the country.
February 16, 2010
Across the country, wherever streetcar tracks are laid, development follows. The map below shows the development potential along the route. The red areas (one block from the line) have the greatest potential for transit oriented development, followed by the orange and yellow areas. The routing of the streetcar covers most of the basin.
The black areas show surface parking lots that can be improved into structures that produce more tax revenue for the entire city. Large numbers of surface lots in a downtown is not a sign of a healthy city. By accelerating the conversion of many of these empty lots into productive buildings, the streetcar will help revitalize our downtown and bring new residents, businesses and jobs into our city. Revitalize Cincinnati–Build the Streetcar.
February 15, 2010
In 2012, Cincinnati will host its largest convention ever–the 2012 World Choir Games. The games, lasting for 11 days, will draw 20,000 participants from over 90 countries and hundreds of thousands of spectators. The convention is estimated to have an economic impact on our region of $14 million.
The competition will take place at six venues in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine, all within one block from the streetcar line. This map shows how spectators can use the streetcar to easily go between the venues:
These games are being held for the first time in North America and represent a great chance to show Cincinnati off to visitors from around the world.
Having the streetcar will help move spectators and competitors between venues and allow visitors to explore the City and visit some of our most unique attractions like Findlay Market, the Cincinnati Zoo, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Support Conventions and Tourism–Build the Streetcar.