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INFOGRAPHIC: The Streetcar Budget

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As City Council prepares to make a crucial vote on whether to “pause” or continue the streetcar project, designer Giacomo Ciminello compiled a visual of the costs for both pausing and continuing with the project. The initial estimate shows a $400,000 difference between the two options. However with one option, $147 million will result in a streetcar and the other option would leave taxpayers footing a $147 million cancellation bill to have nothing built.

Council argues the $3-4 million annual operating costs of the streetcar rationalize their decision to spend the same amount of money to cancel the streetcar than to complete it, as they would be saving money in the long run. Earlier this week, project executives explained many options to pay for operating costs which would remove the burden from the city budget, and even allow the streetcar to operate “in the black,” turning a profit.

The vote on “pausing” the streetcar will not only define Cincinnati’s view on progress, but also on fiscal responsibility.

 

Streetcar Paid So Far

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Project Executive to present Cost to Cancel Streetcar

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Streetcar Project Executive, John Deatrick, will be giving his estimate of the cost to cancel the Cincinnati Streetcar at a special meeting of the Finance Committee, Thursday, November 21, at 12:00pm.

Open to the public, the presentation will take place at City Hall in council chambers on the Third Floor. There will be no public comment taken but supporters are encouraged to attend.

Follow the event on Facebook, or tune into Twitter and follow the hashtag #CincyStreetcar. If you are unable to attend the meeting, it will be broadcast live online.

 
 
Special Cincinnati City Council Finance Committee Meeting
 
Purpose: Estimation of the cost of canceling the Cincinnati Streetcar
Date and Time: Thursday, November 21st at Noon
Where: City Hall, 801 Plum Street, 45202, Council Chambers, Third Floor
(extra seating in the gallery, Fourth Floor)