City of Cincinnati

Streetcar Project Passes Next “Greenlights”

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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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City of Cincinnati Announces Stop Locations for Streetcar Route

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Today, the City of Cincinnati announced the locations of 21 stops along the 4.9 mile streetcar route connecting the riverfront to the University of Cincinnati area. Over the next few weeks, will be profiling the various attractions, amenities and employment centers at each stop.

The stops are:

  • 275 Freedom Way*
  • 491 Main Street
  • 601 Main Street
  • 801 Main Street
  • 1001 Main Street
  • 12th & Main*
  • 12 E. 12th Street
  • 1334 Elm Street
  • 1534 Elm Street
  • 1724 Elm Street
  • 1916 Elm Street
  • 1809 Race Street
  • 1534 Race Street
  • 1202 Race Street
  • 65 E. Central Parkway
  • 899 Walnut Street
  • 701 Walnut Street
  • 427 Walnut Street
  • 251 Walnut Street
  • Vine Street near the Old Rothenberg School*
  • Vine street at University Plaza*
Click the map to see a panoramic view of the streetcar stops on the City of Cincinnati's Website.

*exact location address to be determined


Cincinnati Streetcar: Did You Know?

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The following material is a guest post from the City of Cincinnati.

Chances are if you are a resident of Greater Cincinnati and/or a visitor of this blog, you may already know that the City of Cincinnati is planning the construction and operation of a Streetcar system through its urban core. But, there may be a few facts about the Cincinnati Streetcar project that you do not know.

Did You Know?

  • The first phase of the Cincinnati Streetcar will cover a 4.9-mile route connecting Downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Clifton.
  • The Cincinnati Streetcar will make 18 stops along its route to many of Greater Cincinnati’s most popular attractions, including Fountain Square, The Banks, Great American Ball Park, Paul Brown Stadium, Music Hall, Findlay Market and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
  • Seven modern streetcars will be used to operate the Cincinnati Streetcar.
  • The streetcar will run up to 18 hours a day and 365 days a year.
  • Each streetcar will hold up to 170 to 209 passengers.
  • Cincinnati’s Streetcars will easily accommodate passengers with wheelchairs and bicycles.

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Streetcar Projects 3-to-1 ROI in Local Economic Development

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Today’s guest blog post is from the City of Cincinnati:

The Cincinnati Streetcar project is anticipated to stimulate the local economy by attracting more businesses, new jobs and advanced revenue into the urban core and Greater Cincinnati economy. For every $1 spent, the City is projected to see $3 in return to the local economy.

In addition, 1,800 jobs are predicted to result from the construction of the Cincinnati Streetcar alone, and an estimated 9,000 jobs could be created over the next 20 years.

Studies indicate that development along the streetcar’s route will result in approximately $1.4 billion in economic impact. Residents could see impact in more than 1,100 new housing units, and businesses are estimated to benefit from 92 acres of land likely to be converted into 7.4 million square feet of new office and retail space.

All city neighborhoods will benefit from new jobs and residents paying general earnings.

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