Cincinnati streetcar

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A Cincinnati Council majority is asking administrators to determine if the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority and its vendors are in default under the operating agreement for the streetcar system.  

The five members who voted for the motion are concerned about ongoing problems with ticket vending machines and how many cars operate during large, special events.  

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During his career John Deatrick has been involved in dozens of major Cincinnati design, construction and renovation projects, from downtown skywalks and city parking garages to Findlay Market and Lunken Airport. But he is best known as project executive for The Banks and the Cincinnati Streetcar, which have both dramatically changed, and now help define, Cincinnati.

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Cincinnati City Council will vote Wednesday on three ordinances needed to allow a plan to build a new Kroger store in Downtown to move forward.

The Budget and Finance Committee met Monday and approved the measures.

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President Trump was in Cincinnati Wednesday for a speech on rebuilding America's waterways. The Kroger Company announced plans to build a mixed-use project downtown, which will include the first grocery store the company has had downtown since 1969. And Cincinnati City Council looks at the city's budget and funding for the second year of the streetcar. 

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A Cincinnati Council Committee could hold a special meeting next week to debate how much money to pay the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) next year to operate the streetcar system.  

The agency submitted its request to the city last week asking for an increase of about six percent compared to the current year.  

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Preliminary data show the number of streetcar boardings increased in April when compared to March. Assistant City Manager John Juech told a City Council committee Tuesday the preliminary figure was 49,966.

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Summer promotional passes for the Cincinnati Bell Connector will cost $33 a month and go on sale sometime next month.  

The pass will allow unlimited rides on the streetcar each month during June, July and August.  

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Rumors continue to circulate that many people are riding the Cincinnati streetcar without paying the fares.

But officials say riders are being checked.  

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Many people are still complaining about the reliability of Cincinnati's streetcar service.  

The system has delayed or missed trips around the loop, and is not meeting the 12 to 15 minute service intervals that were promised.  

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Two road projects start in Cincinnati Monday. Both are expected to cause some traffic problems.

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Part of the Cincinnati Streetcar system will be shut down for four days later this month so construction crews can replace some crumbling concrete along two sections of track.

The work at Walnut and Court and Walnut and Ninth will likely happen the week of March 20.

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A Cincinnati council committee will hear about four options Wednesday to repair concrete near the streetcar track at the intersections of Walnut Street with Court and Ninth streets.

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Some Cincinnati council members say the city should be writing more parking tickets to keep people from blocking the streetcar route.  

Blockages have been an ongoing problem since passenger service started in September, and can delay service for several minutes.  

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The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) says arrival signs at the city's 18 streetcar stations should now be operating correctly.  

The agency, in an email shared with city council members, says the signs were all returned to service Monday.

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