Over-the-Rhine Community members and business owners are rallying support for the streetcar project in the wake of last week's election. They're calling on the mayor-elect and new council members to keep the streetcar moving forward.
Derek dos Anjos owns a seafood restaurant near the streetcar route.
"I moved here two years ago from New York, NY and I've seen first hand what light rail can do for a city," says dos Anjos. "It would be a big shame if we didn't continue the streetcar. My business is depending on it. Mr. Cranley, please don't do this."
Public officials and residents who support the Cincinnati streetcar project gathered in front of Music Hall on Elm Street Tuesday as the first pieces of track were put into place. The unloading and installation will continue many times for the next 2 years.
Mayor Mark Mallory said it's a big deal.
"This project has come a long way, we've had a lot of obstacles, we've had some crazy opposition," Mallory said. "But this is the project that will not stop."
Last month organizers of Hop On Cincinnati presented the idea of a downtown trackless trolley to the Hamilton County Transportation Improvement District board of directors. Greg Fusaro, one of the ideas’ backers, explains the trolley concept, proposed routes and financing needs.
Crews officially began demolition work Monday on two vacant buildings at the corner of Race and Henry in Over-the-Rhine. The site is being cleared to construct the new maintenance facility for the streetcar system.
It's where the vehicles will be cleaned and maintained and operations staff will be housed.
Project Manager John Deatrick said this is a visible sign of construction since most streetcar work has been underground moving or repairing utilities. He said that task will also continue.