Cincinnati streetcar

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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.  

Frank Henson

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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