The Cincinnati Streetcar will not only serve 62,163 residents who live along the line, the employees that work in the City’s two largest employment centers (containing 54% of the jobs in the entire city), the 35,000 students of the University of Cincinnati, and the millions of visitors, hotel guests, and conventioneers that come to Downtown each year, it will also transport many of the 65,000 daily riders of Metro, the 15,000 daily riders of TANK, and the riders any future public transportation systems “the last mile” of their trip.
The streetcar will connect the existing subway tunnels that could carry light rail lines that will run parallel to I-75 and I-74, it will connect the Riverfront Transit Center, which would likely be the station for commuter rail to the east and west, I-71 light rail, and the light rail line to the airport, and with a short extension, the streetcar will also connect to high speed rail at Union Terminal. In addition, the streetcar extensions shown above will connect additional neighborhoods that contain 76,964 residents.
We might not know what public transportation upgrade will be next, but regardless of whether it is light rail, commuter rail, or upgraded bus service to Government Square, the streetcar will help these new systems operate more effectively and transport the riders the last few miles to their destination without having to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on expensive tunneling.
Over the next 30 years, rising oil prices and increasing congestion will likely make rail transportation a necessity in Cincinnati. Having the streetcar in place will connect the rail lines that serve Downtown with Northern Kentucky and Clifton, and the streetcar will increase economic development in the neighborhoods that it serves. More economic development in turn means more tax revenue and increased public services for all 52 of Cincinnati’s neighborhoods.
Previous generations of Cincinnatians have left future citizens their legacy in the fantastic park system, museums, and cultural assets, like Music Hall and the Krohn Conservatory. Lets have the one of the legacies of our generation be an improved transportation system that benefits the entire City. Support Cincinnati’s Future—Build the Streetcar.