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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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Several Cincinnati Council Members are running out of patience that the arrival signs at the city's 18 streetcar stations still aren't working.

The signs have been turned off since last month because of ongoing problems with them displaying incorrect information.

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The Cincinnati Bell Connector was not as popular with riders during November when compared to September and October.  

There were about 50,000 trips last month, roughly 60 percent below projections.

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The Cincinnati streetcar is still busier on the weekends than during the weekdays.  

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority presented October ridership numbers to a city council committee Tuesday.

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Cincinnati Council is asking city administrators to move forward with a study of traffic signal timing in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.  

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Update 10/07/16 at 10:40am:  Transdev issued a statement Thursday evening and it said it will add extra streetcars to meet weekend ridership numbers.

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black has notified streetcar project executive John Deatrick that his job with the city will end later this year.

Black wrote a letter to Deatrick on October 4 with the decision.  It comes less than a month after the streetcar began passenger service on September 9.

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black is putting pressure on the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) to eliminate long waits at streetcar stations, but SORTA officials say that will cost money.

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Cameras are now a necessity in buses, commuter trains, streetcars and subways as demonstrated by the New Jersey commuter train accident. Managing companies are not only recording video, but keeping it longer and installing the equivalent of an airline black box.

The company that operates The Cincinnati Bell Connector, Transdev, says it has installed SmartDrive cameras.

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Representatives of Metro and the city say they're still tweaking the Cincinnati Bell Connector system. A council committee today heard complaints that include the ticketing system, the real-time displays, stoplight timing, and frequency.

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The Cincinnati Bell Connector has given more than 100,000 rides since it started passenger service two weeks ago.

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Extra streetcars will be running this weekend as lots of people are expected Downtown for Oktoberfest and several Reds games.

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) had planned to only operate two cars late Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday unless the city came up with $20,000 to pay for additional service.

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Everyone seems to agree that two will not be enough, and four should be on the tracks.  

But Assistant City Manager John Juech said there is a disagreement between the city and Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, which is running the system under a contract with Cincinnati.

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