First streetcar tracks for phase one to be installed in October

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Elm_StThe first streetcar tracks are planned to be installed this October along Elm Street in front of Music Hall. The Business Courier reports that this is a month ahead of schedule. The City of Cincinnati, meanwhile, notes that this work will cause some traffic restrictions.

Construction for the Cincinnati Streetcar’s track bed will require removal of stone pavers* along Elm Street for cleaning & storage, affecting the section of road between Music Hall and Washington Park.

Elm Street will be reduced to one lane between 12th and 14th streets beginning Monday, Sept. 16.

The left-hand lane will remain open, and traffic will be maintained. (A “taper” funneling traffic to the left lane will begin just south of 12th Street.)

The Elm Street entrance to the Washington Park Garage will remain open at this time.

Also, as we explained in last week’s newsletter, 14th Street will be closed between Central Parkway and Race Street for sewer work.

City officials say that the pavers along Elm Street will be removed during construction of the tracks, and then replaced as part of the final product. So no need to fear…the lovely cobblestone section of Elm Street will remain.

4 thoughts on “First streetcar tracks for phase one to be installed in October

    Cincy Brian said:
    September 12, 2013 at 7:43 am

    No streetcar until you finish the subway!!

    Cincy Brian said:
    September 12, 2013 at 7:45 am

    This debacle will bleed taxpayer dollars every day it operates. Why not just update the 1950’s era bus routes and call it good? Oh, wait, certain connected people own property along the streetcar route, right?

    CincyStreetcar said:
    September 13, 2013 at 12:48 am

    @Cincy Brian: It is important to know that Metro bus routes have, and continue to be, updated to reflect population and employment shifts. In fact, Metro launched a brand new service called Metro*Plus just the other week and is launching more and more direct cross-town routes.

    Metro is a partner in this streetcar project and will operate it once it is built. They view the system as complimentary to the current bus system they operate. It’s simply bringing more options to existing and potential transit riders.

    Thanks for following along!

    Keith said:
    September 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Need a route to connect to NKY. Also, bring back the inclines please! Give me reasons to want to move back home to Cincinnati. The trolley system here in San Diego seems to get tons of ridership, but I rarely ride it because it doesn’t come by my house and doesn’t go anywhere I really want to go. It’s easier just to ride my bike around. Everybody should take a trip to Barcelona once, that is how things should be done, their train system is amazing and super convenient, goes everywhere. For 90 cents you can go anywhere in the city quickly and trains come every couple minutes, transfer free between lines. The simplicity of it all blew my mind. I can’t imagine why anybody living there would ever want to own a car. The trains have made the place heaven for tourists, and it shows. Cincinnati being so compact seems like it would be and ideal place to benefit from such a train system. Get some of the traffic off the roads and maybe open up some bike lanes! Here in Southern California there are literally bike lanes on nearly every street everywhere, of course bike ridership here must surpass Cincinnati’s ten fold.

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