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Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati Council Member Chris Seelbach is telling streetcar supporters on Twitter his patience is beginning to run thin with the project.  

He wrote either city administrators need to get going or they don't.  He asked how many times will the date for operations to start be pushed back.  

The original plan called for streetcars to be running this year.  Now the projected operating date is 2016.  

Jay Hanselman

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) is moving ahead with the process to apply for an $11 million federal grant to help build the Cincinnati Streetcar system.   

A cooperative agreement will govern how the two agencies spend the federal money during the streetcar project.  

But the SORTA Board has approved language in a document the city does not want included.

Jay Hanselman

The president of Duke Energy says the company will not provide a construction schedule for moving its wires and pipes for the city’s streetcar project until the two sides reach a deal on an operating agreement. 

Julie Janson expressed her concerns in an October 10th letter to City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr.

Janson said the operating agreement must allow the company to have immediate access to equipment during emergencies and enough time to resolve any issues. 

WVXU News

A majority of Cincinnati City Council voted Monday to shift $29 million in city funds to the $110 million streetcar project – including $15 million that neighborhood leaders believed was going to go to improvements in their neighborhoods.


City administrators told council members that the money would allow the city to go ahead with relocation of utility lines and pipes along the streetcar route through downtown and Over-the-Rhine, while the city continues to try to resolve a dispute with Duke Energy over who should pay for that.

Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati Council's Budget and Finance Committee will consider several items Monday that city administrations say will prevent the streetcar project from being further delayed.

Jay Hanselman / WVXU

Cincinnati's City Manager said in a memo a disagreement with Duke Energy concerning the streetcar threatens to increase the cost and potentially delay the project. 

The dispute could lead to a lawsuit.

The city and the company are at an impasse about who should pay to relocate the utility lines and pipes near the streetcar tracks.

Jay Hanselman reviews some of the stories that made news in Greater Cincinnati this past week, including City Council term limits, relocating utilities for the streetcar project, and levies for Hamilton County Senior and Mental Health Services.

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