Officials debate the Eastern Corridor project on WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition

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While it sometimes may feel this way, the Cincinnati Streetcar project is not the only transportation project taking place in the city or region. Another massive project is the multi-modal Eastern Corridor program.

Officials in charge of that program envision it eventually including bike/ped components, busways, heavy rail commuter service, and the ever-wonderful highway!!! It’s projected to cost at least $1.4 billion and is being pursued jointly by Hamilton County, OKI Regional Council of Governments, and the Ohio DOT.

Naturally the project has its proponents and opponents. The proponents think it will reduce commute times for people living in the eastern suburbs as they travel to and from Cincinnati. Meanwhile opponents think it is too environmentally and historically damaging, an outdated solution to a modern problem, too costly, and takes the wrong approach to providing passenger rail service to Cincinnati’s eastern suburbs.

On the Sunday, August 4th show of Cincinnati Edition on WVXU, host Maryanne Zeleznik was joined by Hamilton County Traffic Engineer Ted Hubbard, Village of Mariemont Vice Mayor Joe Steltzer, and the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Transportation/Economic Development Report Jason Williams (read his editorial on the project) to discuss the project.

The interview lasts approximately 50 minutes and thoroughly discusses its history, present day status, and the merits of project. You can listen to the interview for free on WVXU’s website, or stream it below.

Eastern Corridor Project

One thought on “Officials debate the Eastern Corridor project on WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition

    Daniel wolf said:
    August 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    IS IT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO ELEVATE A LIGHT RAIL, TRANSIT, CAR , BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN CORRIDOR THRU THE NEWTOWN FLOOD PLAIN?. Folks flee once every fifty years or so when severe flooding is expected. Why can’t this multi modal traffice be suspended for a few days or a week once every half century if necessary? Hurricans, blizzards etc cause communities to pause as per God’s acts in nature. Then an at grade or slightly elevated alignment could be far less disruptive in the Newtown community. It would also be more attractive and more accessible to people psychologically. And a lot less costly. The large costs savings could be partiallly put toward a little more flood mitigation for the protection of the community and the travel corridor itself. win win.
    dan wolf- Cincy diaspora ( mt washington 1960s). Thanks so much.

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