An independent audit of the streetcar shows it would cost from $25 million to $50 million more to complete the project than to stop it, the mayor rejected an offer by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) to cover streetcar operating costs, and council is meeting this afternoon to continue debate. With the deadline to receive federal money fast approaching. How things stand now with the streetcar.
Dayton, the sixth largest city in Ohio, has seen its industrial base decline dramatically over the decades. But the city has enacted new programs and policies to adapt to the new economy. Dayton also elected its new mayor last month, current City Commissioner Nan Whaley, who takes office in January. She joins us to talk about what she sees in the city’s future.
Mayor John Cranley this morning announced he would work with streetcar supporters and allow the project to move forward, if private funding could be found to pay its operating costs. Jay Hanselman and Howard Wilkinson discuss this latest development in the streetcar saga.
Cincinnati’s new mayor and city council were sworn in Sunday, and, as expected, most of their focus this week has been on the streetcar. Just yesterday, council voted to suspend construction while an audit is done to determine the costs involved in continuing or abandoning the project. We hear arguments for stopping the project from Vice Mayor David Mann and Council Member Kevin Flynn.