This message is a guest post from the City of Cincinnati
Cincinnati is changing for the better. We’ve made important decisions to improve our city for decades to come. From the Banks to Washington Park, Bond Hill to Price Hill, we’re creating more livable places to attract a vital mix of enthusiastic people who will enrich our city.
Now imagine even more. More people, more services, more jobs, more safety and more money. That’s where the Cincinnati Streetcar comes in.
Watch and share this video about how the Streetcar will help to repopulate the city, creating new jobs and new tax revenues to support public services for all of Cincinnati. The Streetcar will give Cincinnati a competitive advantage unique in the Midwest.
The City of Cincinnati is now accepting proposals to build the streetcar vehicle, another forward step on the path of building a modern streetcar system to bring jobs and growth to the city. With publication of this Request For Proposals, or RFP, manufacturers now have until late October to submit their proposals. After final proposals are submitted, the City will select the best entry in early 2012. The City is considering both vehicles that rely on a single overhead wire for power, and those that are hybrids, also running on battery power.
While the current plan for the streetcar will be expanded once funds become available, the initial segment of the Streetcar will use five vehicles. When the system eventually extends to the Banks, the University of Cincinnati and hospitals in Uptown, more vehicles will be needed.
The streetcars will provide easy access to bicycles, wheelchairs and strollers because of its sidewalk-level floors and extending ramps. It will have multiple doors on each side for easy right or left side entry.
The comfortable, permanent transportation option of the streetcar will attract many of the people who work in the city, but live elsewhere, to move back to Cincinnati and invest in its future.
Work to relocate many utilities along the streetcar line is still set to begin in the fall of 2011 at a date still to be determined.
Ask Lindsey Lusignolo why she supports the Cincinnati Streetcar and you may begin to understand why so many small business owners are interested in storefronts along the route.
Lusignolo is excited about the awareness that the streetcar will bring to Cincinnati’s urban core and the positive economic impact it will have for the businesses located there. “Because I went to high school in the area, I already felt a tie to the community,” said Lusignolo. “I chose to bring my shop to Over-The-Rhine because I wanted to be part of the progressive movement that is currently taking place here, and I am excited about the steady foot traffic that the streetcar will bring to my store.”
Lusignolo, executive designer and owner of her self-titled couture dress shop on Main St., in Over-The-Rhine, could have taken her business anywhere. Many designers would have opted for New York, or even one of the more prominent bridal districts in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Not Lusignolo. Being a visionary, she was able to see the revitalization that is taking place in Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine.
Listen to Lindsey discuss her support for the Cincinnati Streetcar by clicking Cincinnati Streetcar Youtube Channel.