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.