Streetcars and Festivals

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Downtown Cincinnati has a lot of festivals and major events. The streetcar will help bring people to those events from the neighborhoods of Uptown and it will allow people driving in to park along the line and ride the streetcar down to an event like the Taste of Cincinnati. (Street Festivals won’t shut down the Streetcar as there will be turnarounds every several blocks, for Oktoberfest for example the streetcar would run to Sixth St. and turn around).

The Streetcar will also make Sawyer Point more accessible. Instead of walking under highway overpasses and along busy streets to get to the park, visitors can take the streetcar to the Banks and walk along the Central Riverfront Park to Yeatmans Cove.

Once the Streetcar is built it will serve the following events:

  • Reds Games- 81 per year
  • Bengals Games- 10 per year
  • Cyclones Games- 36 per year
  • UC Basketball Games- 17 per year
  • UC Football Games- 7 per year
  • Riverfest
  • Macy’s Holiday Dazzle
  • Macy’s Music Fest
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Black Family Reunion
  • Oktoberfest
  • Bockfest
  • Midpoint Music Festival
  • Music Now Festival
  • Taste of Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Fringe Festival
  • May Festival
  • Paddlefest
  • Mardi Gras at the Market
  • National Cornhole Championships
  • Bluesfest
  • Hispanic Festival
  • Earth Day Celebration; and
  • The Opening Day Parade (you would probably have a streetcar in the parade).


3 thoughts on “Streetcars and Festivals

    Randy Simes said:
    March 10, 2009 at 10:58 am

    A streetcar in the Opening Day Parade would be amazing.

    Mark Stegman said:
    March 10, 2009 at 11:30 am

    After living in the Pacific Northwest for six years I spent a year in Montreal Canada; Montreal really knows how to throw city wide festivals that are beneficial as culture contributions as well as for local businesses. Not only do the festivals attract thousands to the city’s restaurants and hotels but the shoppe owners bring their goods out onto the street, as the people meander the streets they browse and buy the goods.
    The streetcar pictured must be a hydrogen fuel cell powered streetcar, or a self contained electric motorized streetcar because it is not using overhead electric wires. This is a good picture in that it demonstrates how a street car system could look like if we wanted to circumvent the cumbersome overhead wires.
    Thanks for the good post.

    Quimbob said:
    March 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I don’t buy a lot of your argument. The buses handle much of what you mention just fine.
    The ability to spread out attendees to these events (especially out of towners staying downtown or uptown) would be amazing. The Midpoint Music Festival and events using multiple venues would greatly, greatly benefit from a streetcar line.
    Xmas shopping could be a real experience.

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