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.
(extra seating in the gallery, Fourth Floor)
If it ever gets to the point where it’s easy and acceptable to stop public projects once construction has begun, attracting public and private capital will become much more difficult and expensive for our city. Cincinnati will be regarded as an unreliable partner that is risky to do business with.
Consider carefully the credibility and judgment of those candidates who would rip the tracks out of the streets. Or claim they can. Does their thinking make them worthy of your vote?
The costs of not completing the streetcar to Uptown are incalculable in dollars and Cincinnati’s loss of reputation. We’re setting a precedent here.
Please take this list to the polls with you tomorrow. Share it on Facebook and send it to your email contacts.
CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR:
Supporting the streetcar:
- Roxanne Qualls – says it’s essential to extend streetcar to Uptown
Opposing the streetcar:
- John Cranley – promises to stop construction on the streetcar
CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCIL (vote for no more than nine):
Supporting the streetcar:
- Laure Quinlivan – “I strongly support Cincinnati’s streetcar.”
- Mike Moroski – “I have not wavered in my support” for the streetcar.
- Yvette Simpson – “I have been a steadfast supporter since the inception.”
- Wendell Young – “A critical first step in improving & diversifying our transportation system”
- Chris Seelbach – Will push to finish project on time and within budget.
- Michelle Dillingham – Streetcar should be part of our regional transportation strategy.
- Shawn Butler – “Yes, I support the streetcar plan.”
- Greg Landsman – Wants to lead effort to get streetcar to Uptown, private dollars needed.
Opposing the streetcar:
- Amy Murray – Says “streetcar project is a mess” and will vote to stop its construction.
- Kevin Flynn – Says the streetcar project “must be terminated.”
- David Mann – Wants to see if Cincinnati can break the streetcar construction contract.
- Angela Beamon – Says the streetcar “has robbed our neighborhoods.”
- Pamula Thomas – Says ” I voted against the streetcar” and it “has become a burden.”
- Charlie Winburn – “I oppose spending any more tax dollars for the Cincinnati Streetcar.”
- Christopher Smitherman – “The city can’t afford the streetcar.”
- PG Sittenfeld – “I’ve been a ‘NO’ on giving the streetcar more taxpayer money.”
- Melissa Wegman – “Simply put, the benefits do not outweigh the costs,” she claims.
- Vanessa White – “I oppose the streetcar plan.”
- Sam Malone – “I do not support the streetcar.”
Presentations included updates on expanding Ohio Amtrak service, and a program by John Schneider entitled “How Cincinnati Got Its Streetcars Back.” Schneider outlined the history and process of developing Cincinnati’s modern streetcars including overcoming two voter referendums and other hurdles that impeded construction. He also focused on the streetcar’s current progress, economic development, and the real estate boom of converting vacant office buildings Downtown into several hundred units of apartment and condominium housing.
With the recent laying of the first rails and last Friday’s first pour of concrete, conference attendees took a walking tour of the construction site. Led by Paul Grether, Manager Rail Services for METRO, the group learned about technical details of the build, as well as improvements to public utilities that are funded by the streetcar construction contract.
All Aboard Ohio, which is based in Cleveland, selected Cincinnati for a first-hand look at the streetcar and the development that occurred in Over-the-Rhine and in the Central Business District because of it. The organization believes the pro-rail movement in Cincinnati is essential for keeping young people, jobs, and hope in Ohio.
The two discussed the project with host Mark Perzel on the Cincinnati Edition show from 2-3pm today.
The discussion ranges from the current status of the project to where the next phases of streetcar and light rail work may go next. Some of the items brought up by John were similar to what he brought up on his previous radio appearances, but the group also discussed some different aspects of the project.
The show included one of the more reasonable discussions on the topic to-date. Pete Witte shared his skepticisms about the project, and shared his desires for a larger system that connects people with “jobs and books”.
The interview is split up into two segments that last a total of about 30 minutes.