Cincy Streetcar Project Resumes Construction

Construction of the Cincinnati streetcar line resumed the day after Christmas with project supporters serving coffee and breakfast snacks to workers.

The supporters drew compliments from observers who noted that their tenancity in supporting the streetrcar line, which the city’s new mayor wanted to kill, had prompted the city council to reverse course and approve completing the project.

“It was so well organized, well executed and well populated,” said Gene Beaupre, a Xavier University professor. “I’ve never seen (a movement) that effective in terms of every aspect.”

A crew from Delta Railroad unloaded sections of rail in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood as work resumed on the 3.6-mile, $133 million project. The project had been suspended on Dec. 4.

Unnamed private sources organized by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation (Haile Foundation) have agreed to underwrite up to $900,000 of the estimated $3.5 million annual operating cost for the first 10 years of streetcar operation. Operations are expected to commence in September 2016.

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