Cincinnati streetcar

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The arrival of the city's fifth and final streetcar vehicle is being delayed again.

Project manager Chris Eilerman told a council committee Tuesday it is now expected in early or mid-May. It was supposed to be here by the end of the month. Originally all the vehicles were to be delivered by the end of 2015.

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The full Cincinnati Council will vote Wednesday on an ordinance to fund the first year of the city's streetcar operations.  

The Budget and Finance Committee approved the measure Monday.  

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People in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine will begin seeing a lot more of the streetcar.  

City spokesman Rocky Merz said it is the burn-in phase of the project. Each of Cincinnati's five streetcar vehicles will have to log 500 kilometers on the tracks before they can be certified for service. Streetcar employee and driver training will occur after the burn-in period.  

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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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Six members of Cincinnati council toured the streetcar and maintenance facility Friday afternoon, a week after the delivery of the first vehicle. 

Council member Amy Murray, who chairs the Major Transportation Committee, originally opposed the project.

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The Cincinnati Streetcar reached a milestone Friday as it nears completion. The final weld piecing two rails together was made Friday afternoon at the corner of Main St. and Second St.

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A Cincinnati Council committee will now get monthly updates on streetcar operating revenues.  

There is not a lot to report at the moment since most of the money will be generated once the system starts operating next September.  

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One year from now, the Cincinnati streetcar system is scheduled to begin passenger service.  

Right now city officials are anticipating the first vehicle to arrive in the city by the end of next month, about six weeks later than planned.  But they say it shouldn't affect the start date.  

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Cincinnati officials say they are now "cautiously optimistic" the first streetcar vehicle will arrive by late October.  

That's about six weeks later than the original delivery date of September 17.  But right now streetcar passenger service should still begin as scheduled in September, 2016.  

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Queen City Bike President Frank Henson says streetcar tracks are no different than storm sewer grates or curbs. "(They are) just another infrastructure element on the street that could cause an issue if you are not paying attention."

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Right now Cincinnati streetcar officials say a delay in the first vehicle delivery will not affect passenger service, scheduled to begin September 2016.  

The first streetcar will now arrive in November or December instead of September 17th.  

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Months of debate about who will operate the Cincinnati streetcar system was settled in less than 15 minutes Monday.  The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board voted to award a turn-key contract to Illinois-based Transdev.  

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A judge says the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) can move forward with a vote on how the Cincinnati streetcar will be operated.

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Once again this week, Cincinnati Council could not reach an agreement on an approach to operate the city's streetcar system. 

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A Cincinnati Council majority is supporting a plan to pledge an additional $2 million of general fund money to operating the streetcar.  

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Cincinnati Council could not agree Wednesday on an approach to operate the city's streetcar system.  So now the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority will likely make the selection.  

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A Cincinnati Council committee has approved a streetcar operating approach, but it's likely to fail when the full council votes this afternoon.  The committee approved a management option where a private contractor will manage the system using local transit union workers.  Council Member Chris Seelbach favors that approach even though he has limited information.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said Tuesday he has a plan to pay for streetcar operations if City Council approves the "management option" presented by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) on June 5th.

Traveling in and through Downtown Cincinnati this weekend could be slightly challenging because of two different construction projects.  

Starting Friday at 7 p.m. and continuing through Monday at 6 a.m., Third Street will be closed between Main and Broadway so crews can install tracks for the streetcar system.

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A Cincinnati council committee could not reach a decision Tuesday on the best way to operate the city's streetcar system.  So the group will meet again next Wednesday.  

There are two proposals with about a $700,000 difference between them.  

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The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) continues to insist federal guidelines prevent it from releasing the details about the proposals it has received to operate the city's streetcar system.

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