A Message from Mayor Mallory on the Streetcar

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Good afternoon –

As you may have heard, the Cincinnati Streetcar project was not one of the projects that received federal funding today from the TIGER grant.  I want to assure you that this does not hurt the Streetcar project.

We have applied for funding from several different state and federal sources.  Today’s announcement simply means that we did not receive this particular grant.  In fact, out of 61 projects to receive funding today, only four streetcar projects were selected.

The federal government announced $1.5 billion in grants today.  That is from over $56 billion in applications.  Our project is simply one of many good projects that will be competing for the other funding that is still available.  And, let me be clear, we are confident that our Streetcar project is one of the best projects in the country.

One of the pots of money still available is the Urban Circulator grant program, which is intended for streetcar-type projects.  The reality is that after today’s announcement, there are four fewer projects competing with us for that funding.

There is going to be a lot written and said about today’s announcement and what it means for the future of the Streetcar project.  I want you reassure you that despite the chatter, the Streetcar project is still on target and is going to lead to new businesses and job creation in Cincinnati.

I want to thank you for your support.  Together we are going to continue to move our City forward with a bold vision for the future.

Mayor Mark Mallory

7 thoughts on “A Message from Mayor Mallory on the Streetcar

    uberVU - social comments said:
    February 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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    COAST said:
    February 17, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Sorry for your bad news today.

    One tiny correction on Mayor Mallory’s statement: He is not correct in assuming that a TIGER award necessarily disqualifies the 4 lucky recipients from a future Urban Circulator award.

    From FTA Website:
    Q: Can urban circulator projects that applied for TIGER funding also apply for funding from the Urban Circulator Program announced in the December 2009 Federal Register Notice?

    A: Urban circulator projects that have submitted an application for TIGER funding may also apply for funding under the Urban Circulator Program. As noted here, FTA will provide up to 80% of the net project capital cost; however, the amount of Section 5309 Capital Investment funds can be no greater than $25 million for each urban circulator project. Other Federal funds that are eligible to be expended for transportation capital projects, such as TIGER grants, can be applied to the project.

    Tucson, for example, is only 50% funded by TIGER, so they could still be a candidate for another $25 million without hitting the 80% cap. Dallas & Portland are similar.

    We don’t know whether New Orleans applied for an Urban Circultor grant (deadline was 2/10), but since LaHood announced the program in the Big Easy, it’s a safe bet they did. It looks like their TIGER grant covers 100% of the extension project, so 80% criterion might DQ them. Or they could scope-creep beyond that. We’ll see.

    Perhaps we should be grateful that city leaders don’t appear to understand the rules of the game they’re in.

    Mark A said:
    February 18, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Wow even the Feds know that Cincy would blow/waste the $ for the streetcar

      CincyStreetcar said:
      February 18, 2010 at 8:54 am

      The TIGER Grants were extremely competitive. 1457 projects applied and only 51 were awarded. There were many worthwhile projects that did not receive funding from this grant.

    5chw4r7z said:
    February 18, 2010 at 9:34 am

    WOW, coast members don’t know their own address http://tinyurl.com/yzphlx6

    And they can’t manage their won finances http://tinyurl.com/yj8lp69

    And yet, somehow they are streetcar experts.
    Still grumpy over having their asses handed to them last Nov I guess.

    5chw4r7z said:
    February 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Can we claim victory in the Coast chairman’s house going into foreclosure?
    http://tinyurl.com/yj8lp69

    Kind of funny the Cave men claim to be some kind of experts on something when they don’t know their own address.
    http://tinyurl.com/yzphlx6

    5chw4r7z said:
    February 19, 2010 at 8:36 am

    In 2007 Americans spent $78 billion in gas sitting in traffic jams, but we can’t afford rapid transit?

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