Wasson Way

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said Wednesday his proposed budget revisions will include $12 million to buy the former Wasson Way line from Norfolk Southern.  That would allow the city to continue with plans for a bike/hike trail to connect several city neighborhoods.

The city reached an agreement with the railroad last year to purchase about 4.1 miles of Wasson Way for $11,757,000.  That deal expires on July 31, 2016, unless the city pays to extend the purchase option.  Cranley's plan means the transaction should be completed this summer.

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A nearly unanimous Cincinnati City Council wants to move forward with buying the four miles of railroad right of way needed for the Wasson Way bike trail.  

The city has a nearly $12 million purchase agreement with Norfolk Southern Railroad.  That purchase option expires in July.  The deal must be completed by then or the city will have to pay for an extension.
 

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Cincinnati has an agreement with Norfolk Southern to buy about four miles of unused railroad track that could eventually become the Wasson Way trail on the city's east side.  The city would pay $11.7 million for the rail property. 

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Cincinnati Council could vote Wednesday to apply for up to $29 million in federal money to fund the Wasson Way Commuter Trail Network.  

It is a proposed shared-use path for bikes and pedestrians along an unused rail line running through several eastside city neighborhoods. 

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A community design workshop will be held on Saturday to discuss ideas for the Wasson Way project.  concerning the project. The session will be held at Clark Montessori School at 3030 Erie Avenue from 8:30 am to 12:45 pm.

Previous story from October 1st:

Cincinnati is continuing negotiations with Norfolk Southern to acquire a currently unused section of railroad track running from Victory Parkway to Redbank Road.

The city wants to develop the nearly five-mile section of Wasson Way into a bike and hike trail.

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Cincinnati is continuing negotiations with Norfolk Southern to acquire a currently unused section of railroad track running from Victory Parkway to Redbank Road.  

The city wants to develop the nearly five-mile section of Wasson Way into a bike and hike trail.  

City Transportation and Engineering Director Michael Moore updated a Council committee Tuesday on talks with the railroad.

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Cincinnati officials are continuing their efforts to acquire about 5 miles of unused railroad track running through portions of Avondale, Evanston, Hyde Park, Oakley and Mt. Lookout.

The city is interested in a section of the Wasson Way line running from Victory Parkway to the west and Red Bank Road on the east.  

Norfolk Southern currently owns the railroad track, but it hasn't been used since 2009.  

Transportation and Engineering Director Michael Moore said getting it for the city involves a somewhat lengthy process.