Soapbox: Streetcar Awarded $25 Million

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From this week’s Soapbox:

“The Cincinnati Streetcar represents the triumph of a huge grassroots effort of concerned Cincinnatians,” Thomas continued.  “This success of this project was truly the result of countless ordinary citizens standing up and working to make their city a better place to live.”

City officials are now working on the next phases of the project which include environmental assessments, utility relocation, and preliminary construction which is expected to begin this fall.  Once under construction, the project should take approximately two-and-a-half years to complete, with the first passengers riding in spring 2013.

The grant was announced by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood who said that Cincinnati’s recent $64 million commitment was a large factor in the project getting the maximum award through the program.  The Cincinnati Streetcar was one of only six urban circulator proposals awarded money nationally out of 65 applications that totaled more than $1 billion in requests.  The other five projects are located in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Worth, and St. Louis.

“This announcement illustrates the broad-based support for the streetcar at all levels of government,” said Brad Thomas, Founder, CincyStreetcar.com. “Transportation experts at the city, regional, state and federal level have all examined the Cincinnati Streetcar and have come to the same conclusion – it is a worthwhile project that they support.”

One thought on “Soapbox: Streetcar Awarded $25 Million

    Terry said:
    July 24, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Congratulations Cincinnati!!! on winning one of the Urban Circulator Grants. As a former resident and a current resident of Portland, OR I understand the benefit of the Portland system and the promise it holds for Cincinnati. This is a big step in the right direction but the project still have many hurdles ahead. Good Luck.

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