Cincinnati — Streetcar Grant Approved
Rail Transit Online, March 2010
Cincinnati's proposed streetcar project has been tentatively awarded a $15-million grant by the Ohio Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC). The money will pay for preliminary design, environmental review and utility relocation and keep the $128-million scheme alive after it was denied federal funding during the most recent round of streetcar awards.
"It's an incredible step for us," Michael Moore, interim director of the city's transportation and engineering department, told The Enquirer. "It's not only going to move the project forward but also will help us with other funding requests." The city has already pledged $68 million and has been encouraged to re-apply for future FTA money.
The approximately six-mile (9.65 km) line
will be constructed under a design-build-operate-maintain contract and will connect the downtown riverfront with the uptown area near the University of Cincinnati. As part of a city council-approved master plan a second phase will also be developed, consisting of two loops in the uptown area. The TRAC grant will be finalized in May following a public comment period.