Cincinnati streetcar

Streetcar
4:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Downtown intersection closed for streetcar work

Credit Jay Hanselman

  With the holiday season out of the way, contractors are again laying track for the Cincinnati streetcar. 

And this weekend, they will close a major Downtown intersection.  6th Street will be closed at Walnut, starting at 6 p.m. Friday.  And it will stay closed until about 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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Cincinnati streetcar
3:52 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Streetcar contingency budget looks a little better

Credit Provided / SORTA

Cincinnati officials now say the contingency budget for the city's streetcar project is estimated to be $1.3 million.  That is up from the $80,000 reported about a month ago.  

Officials updated a council committee Tuesday on the project.
 
“We have better information and more concrete information upon which to project those expenses,” said Chris Eilerman, a city official working on the project who explained the changes.  “Based on that we’ve been able to hone in on better numbers and the result is what you see here.”

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Streetcar
12:21 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Completing the Cincinnati Streetcar loop in OTR

Streetcar workers heat up the track in preparation for welding the OTR loop.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Fifteen months after it began, the track loop for the Cincinnati Streetcar in Over the Rhine is now finished.

Just after 9:00 Monday morning workers welded the track together on Race Street between Elder and Green Streets, just south of Findlay Market.

This is the track that will serve as the test track for the first streetcar vehicles when they arrive in the fall of 2015. Workers still have to install overhead power lines and poles in OTR.

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Cincinnati streetcar
5:01 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Item by item review of remaining streetcar construction

Credit Provided / SORTA

The team managing the city's streetcar project is being asked to take a look at the remaining construction items and decide what's needed and what can be left out to save money.  

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Transportation
7:54 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Mayor sends warning to streetcar team

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Cincinnati's mayor and city manager will be meeting with the streetcar team this week to discuss the dwindling amount of money in the contingency fund.  If all worst case scenarios happen, the fund could have just $80,000 left in it.  It started out with more than $9 million. 

Mayor John Cranley says the message to streetcar officials John Deatrick and Chris Eilerman is this: "We need to have a team that's going to bring the streetcar in on time and under budget, or we need a new team."

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