John Schneider joins Brian Thomas on 55KRC to discuss the Cincinnati Streetcar

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John Schneider, aka Captain Transit aka Mr. Streetcar, was back on the radio this morning. He was invited to join Brian Thomas on his regular morning show on 55 KRC.

The two discussed the first phase of the Cincinnati Streetcar project in detail, and also discussed the merits of rail transportation in general.

The discussion started with Brian Thomas going on an uninterrupted prelude where he discussed the City of Cincinnati’s finances and its lack of ability to proceed with the project.

“The fundamental problem with Cincinnati, and the fundamental opportunity is we’ve lost population and we need to repopulate our city. We have a city that was built for 500,000 people, but we only have 300,000 people today,” Schneider explained to an agreeable Thomas. “But the snow still falls on Martin Luther King Boulevard and it has to be plowed, the grass still grows in Mt. Airy Forest and it has to be cut.”

Schneider went on to explain that investing in the Cincinnati Streetcar will help stabilize the city’s tax base and repopulate the city, in perhaps the greatest challenge and opportunity the Queen City has.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Thomas spent almost the entire interview using anecdotes and anti-city hysteria to support his points, but he did loudly profess how much of a bus fan he is. You can listen to the full interview on 55 KRC’s website, or stream it below. The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes.

2 thoughts on “John Schneider joins Brian Thomas on 55KRC to discuss the Cincinnati Streetcar

    Quimbob said:
    July 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Thomas cites Moody’s but one of the things they cited was the low income of residents. The streetcar/gentrification means bringing in wealthier residents.

    Matthew Hall said:
    July 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I don’t understand why some streetcar supporters care what non-Cincinnatians think about this (or anything else). They’re irrelevant. It’s like being deeply interested in what your neighbors think of your plans to renovate your kitchen.

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