In March, Covington and Newport passed this joint resolution supporting the Cincinnati Streetcar and expressing a desire to extend the Streetcar into Northern Kentucky. The text of this resolution has been reproduced here for those new to this site.
The text of the joint resolution with Newport:
WHEREAS, the Cities of Covington and Newport, Commonwealth of Kentucky (Cities) recognize that a strong and economically vital center city is necessary to support a strong and economically vital region, and that the City of Cincinnati’s proposed Streetcar Plan will bring new development, economic vitality, and greater connectivity between any of the region’s exciting cultural institutions; and
WHEREAS, the Cities understand the magnitude of such an investment requires a staged phasing approach that develops and initial critical mass of ridership and development activity within the center city neighborhoods of Cincinnati, and also understands that the system anticipates future extensions into other neighborhoods including Covington and Newport, to create improved mobility and connectivity throughout the region; and
WHEREAS, the Cities recognize the role Streetcars have in encouraging and supporting the exciting, authentic, “walk able” urban neighborhoods desired by talented young professionals, and that these neighborhoods are critical to the region’s success in competition globally for these talented people, both as residents and workers; and
WHEREAS, the Cities endorse and support the Cincinnati Streetcar Plan, its anticipated goals and outcomes, and the phases approach to bringing the benefits of the Streetcar to the region’s center city communities.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF COVINGTON, KENTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY:
Section 1: That the Cities enthusiastically approve the efforts of Cincinnati to develop and implement the Cincinnati Streetcar Plan, and offer their support toward the timely implementation of the Streetcar Plan.
Section 2: That this order/resolution shall take effect and be in full force when passed and recorded according to law.