Please Write ODOT to Show Your Support for the Streetcar

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The Cincinnati Streetcar project was recommended to receive two State of Ohio grants in the total amount of $36.8 million to build the line from the riverfront to the University of Cincinnati and to plan the build-out of the system throughout Uptown.

These two grants will create new jobs and economic development in the City of Cincinnati. The first phase of the Streetcar will create 1,800 new construction jobs and 9,000 permanent jobs—growing our city’s tax base and increasing the resources available for all 52 neighborhoods.

The Cincinnati Streetcar is the top-ranked transportation project on Ohio’s 2011-2015 Major New Program List. The list can be found online here.

These are draft recommendations that still must be finalized by the TRAC board following the Public Comment period. Please show your support for the Cincinnati Streetcar by writing to the Transportation Review Advisory Council before February 11.

Please be sure to mention the two streetcar allocations included in the draft-list:

Comments can be submitted until February 11 in two ways:

By email to:
TRAC@dot.state.oh.us

By regular mail to:

Ohio Department of Transportation
attn: Ed Kagel, TRAC Coordinator
1980 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223

Jerry Wray, Director
Ohio Department of Transportation
1980 West Broad Street
Columbus Ohio, 43223

Be sure to mention how the streetcar will benefit our city, create new jobs, attract new businesses and help make Cincinnati a better place to live.

Thank you for your support of this transformative project for our City. Support the future of our City—Support the Streetcar.

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6 thoughts on “Please Write ODOT to Show Your Support for the Streetcar

    t-storm said:
    February 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Coast has a call to action on their website with a prewritten form letter.

    I responded to it but modified the text as follows:

    Mr. Kagel,
    I respectfully ask that you approve all current and future funding of the Cincinnati Streetcar project, TRAC APPs 2010D08-01, 2010D08-02, 2011D08-10 and 2011D08-39.
    Cincinnati needs to become a forward moving city and deserves a chance to be a world class city.
    Go Cincinnati!

    I feel bad now using city twice in a sentence, but I think my point was made.
    Go Streetcar!

    Ryan L said:
    February 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I sent an email in support of the funding! “Go Streetcar!” indeed!

    [...] streetcar advocates were on the job, urging their backers to also write in letters of encouragement for [...]

    Dee said:
    February 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Where can more information be found on the project job creation figures? How was the 9K arrived at? Also, is there a projected fare structure yet? Metro operates at a loss, will this be true w the streetcar? How will the operating loss be subsidized?

    The devil is always in the details, and nuts and bolts facts might help public perception of the project.

    [...] supports are being urged to write or email state officials to show the city supports the [...]

    Brian Kunkemoeller said:
    February 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    We want a streetcar, we want jobs, we want sustainability, we want progress, we want a beautiful city!

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