Cincinnati streetcar

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The full Cincinnati Council has approved an ordinance that would suspend streetcar operations during seven special events in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.  

The ordinance was approved Wednesday by a 6-2 vote.

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Cincinnati Council could vote Wednesday on an ordinance that would suspend streetcar operations during seven special events in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.

The Major Transportation Committee discussed the issue Tuesday for nearly three hours before approving the proposal

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Cincinnati and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation have reached agreement on streetcar operations funding.  The 8-page deal released Thursday spells out the terms for the foundation providing $900,000 to help with streetcar operating funds for the first two years.  

Streetcar operations are expected to cost approximately $4.2 million in years one and two.  The first year of service is scheduled to begin in September.

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The company that will be handling Cincinnati's streetcars said it is close to hiring the first ten operators.  

Transdev General Manager John Claflin told a city council committee Tuesday it will begin training on April 4th in three classes.

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Time is ticking for the company tasked with selling the naming rights and advertisements on Cincinnati's streetcar vehicles.  The system is scheduled to begin passenger service in September.  

So far, Ad Vehicles has not sold anything.  That is concerning to some city council members.  Company representative Ken Black said he understands that.

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After months of discussion, a Cincinnati Council committee has tentatively approved a proposed operating schedule for the city's streetcar system.  

Several proposals were considered and the final draft is a compromise.  Council Member Amy Murray supports the plan.

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An independent analysis reports Cincinnati may have to find additional money to operate the city's streetcar system. 

City Manager Harry Black asked the city's financial advisers, Davenport & Company, to review the financial projections for the first five years of streetcar operations using the best information available.

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A Cincinnati Council committee is still exploring several options for the operating hours of the city's new streetcar system.  

The questions are what time should it start operating in the morning and how late should it run into the evening.

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For right now, the cost of building the first phase of the Cincinnati streetcar project will not be getting any cheaper.

A three-judge panel of the Ohio First District Court of Appeals Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that Cincinnati is responsible for the costs of relocating Duke Energy gas pipes and electric lines along the streetcar route.

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Officials are evaluating different options for operating the Cincinnati streetcar system. 

The original proposal called for service to start at 6 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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