Cincinnati — Streetcar RFQ Issued
Rail Transit Online, December 2008
The city has issued a Request for Qualifications to potential contractors for a $128-million design-build-operate-maintain contract on a streetcar system that would link downtown Cincinnati with the Uptown area and would include a downtown circulator. This will constitute Phase 1 of the overall streetcar project, the route of which has already been mapped.
Preliminary stop locations have been determined for the downtown circulator but not for the Uptown connector. As part
of a city council-approved master plan, a second phase will be developed later consisting of two loops in the Uptown area.
The selected consortium will be expected to evaluate work already completed
on Phase 1 and develop a conceptual financing plan along with design, engineering and construction of track, stops, electrification, a maintenance facility and control systems. The firm will also identify and procure cars and recommend alignments for Phase 2.
The city wants to make the streetcar a public-private partnership which will require a contribution of up to $91 million from the winning bidder, possibly a
difficult goal in the current financial climate. Apparently, federal funding won't be sought due to the FTA's current policy of refusing to finance streetcars. However, this could change under the Obama administration. Written responses to the RFQ are due by Dec. 18.