Cincinnati — Car Delivery in 2015
Cincinnati's modern streetcar project expects its cars being built by the U.S. subsidiary of Spain-based C.A.F. at Elmira Heights, N.Y., will arrive this fall for testing, WCPO Television reportded.
The first car is expected in September followed by another in October. These will be the first streetcars delivered by CAF to a North American client. The cars should be visible along the new line by later in the year, but will not be carrying passengers until 2016. The federally mandated testing requires each car to operate 500 km before being put into service and also to pass many safety tests.
Additionally, the Haile U.S Bank Foundation announced that it will create a new nonprofit, the Cincinnati Street Railway, charged with looking for sponsorships and ambassadors for the streetcar's launch. Foundation vice president and senior program manager Eric Avner said the nonprofit would coordinate efforts with the city and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, but would not be involved in planning, safety or cleanliness of the system.