Cincinnati Opens its Streetcar Line

Although he once sought to kill it, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley was among the dignitaries who participated last Friday in a grand opening ceremony for the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar line.

CVG streetcarAlso riding the inaugural run were Acting Federal Transit Administrator Carolyn Flowers, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Chair Jason Dunn, and other public officials and project supporters.

“We are proud to partner with Cincinnati on its streetcar and usher in a new era for getting around in this vibrant city,” Flowers said in a news release. “The streetcar will expand transportation options for residents and visitors, spur economic development and connect workers to jobs, helping to build ladders of opportunity throughout the city.”

The FTA said in a news release that the streetcar project has spurred “millions of dollars in redevelopment” in the city, with new retail and housing springing up along the line.

The streetcar line is a 3.6-mile loop between downtown and the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. It has 18 stops and is the first streetcar service in Cincinnati in 65 years.

The streetcar system is owned and funded by the city, managed by SORTA and operated by Transdev.

Funded in part by a $16 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, the streetcar line cost $148 million to build.

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