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Entrepreneur Locates Dress Shop to OTR Because of Cincinnati Streetcar

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Ask Lindsey Lusignolo why she supports the Cincinnati Streetcar and you may begin to understand why so many small business owners are interested in storefronts along the route.

Lusignolo is excited about the awareness that the streetcar will bring to Cincinnati’s urban core and the positive economic impact it will have for the businesses located there. “Because I went to high school in the area, I already felt a tie to the community,” said Lusignolo. “I chose to bring my shop to Over-The-Rhine because I wanted to be part of the progressive movement that is currently taking place here, and I am excited about the steady foot traffic that the streetcar will bring to my store.”

Lusignolo, executive designer and owner of her self-titled couture dress shop on Main St., in Over-The-Rhine, could have taken her business anywhere. Many designers would have opted for New York, or even one of the more prominent bridal districts in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Not Lusignolo. Being a visionary, she was able to see the revitalization that is taking place in Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine.

Listen to Lindsey discuss her support for the Cincinnati Streetcar by clicking Cincinnati Streetcar Youtube Channel.

Mayor, City Manager Announce Highlighting of Streetcar Station Locations

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Today individual streetcar stations along the route began receiving signs to highlight their locations. Watch as Mayor Mark Mallory, City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr., Metro CEO Terry Garcia Crews, and small business owner Kalika Crawford discuss the importance of the Streetcar and unwrap the first sign at the station at 8th & Main Streets.

Streetcar News Conference from CitiCable on Vimeo.

Save the Date – Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.

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Mark your calendar for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, and join us when Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr., and Metro’s CEO and General Manager Terry Garcia Crews will unveil the first Streetcar station sign in front of 801 Main St.

Supporters of the Streetcar system are welcome to attend this unveiling. These are temporary markers so that people can begin to understand the route and where the Streetcar will take them when it is built.

Throughout the rest of the day, more stations will continue to be showcased. Within the week, each station will have a colorful, visible sign so that everyone can see where they’ll be able to board the Streetcar. Each sign will be colored in Streetcar green and include a map showing the individual stations along the Streetcar route.

For up-to-the-minute news on this event, visit the Cincinnati Streetcar webpage and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Streetcar Project Passes Next “Greenlights”

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This message is a guest post from the City of Cincinnati.

Cincinnati – Today, City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. announced that the Cincinnati Streetcar project has passed the next set of “greenlights” as the project moves forward. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) found the Cincinnati streetcar will have no significant environmental impact along the route.  In addition, the City and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), which operates Metro buses, also reached an agreement for the local transit agency to receive all federal monies for the project. 

 The “finding of no significant impact” (FONSI) from the FTA means the streetcar will not have a negative impact on the people or buildings along the route.  The FONSI clears the way for the streetcar project to use the $29 million of federal money already allocated. It also allows the project team to begin the next steps in bidding out work for the general contractors and the cars themselves.

“The federal government has examined the project and given it a full green light,” said City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. “We continue on the path to build the streetcar to help grow the local economy, bring jobs, and revitalize key areas for the city.”

SORTA has agreed to serve as the designated recipient for all federal funds for the streetcar and to oversee the use of federal dollars in compliance with FTA requirements. The City’s goal is for Metro to serve as the operator for the streetcar system, allowing Metro to seamlessly integrate its bus system with the streetcar lines as they are developed.

The first segment of the streetcar system will have five cars running along a three-mile route from Fountain Square to Findlay Market. The City has already identified more than $4 million in annual funding sources to cover the anticipated $2.5 million operating and maintenance costs for the system. The City has committed to the streetcar line running from The Banks to Uptown, the area around the University of Cincinnati, hospitals and zoo.

The City is exploring the possibility of using a battery-powered hybrid streetcar that could lower the total cost of the project.

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