TRAC Pulls $52 million for Cincinnati Streetcar
Following the public hearing portion of the TRAC Meeting today, the committee voted 6-1* to approve a spending plan the strips nearly $52 million in Federal-State pass-through funds which were originally planned to go to the streetcar.
Speaking against the streetcar project were three people – Chris Finney of COAST, Tom Luken’s daughter, and Tom Luken neighbor – who argued that the city would be left with the operating costs of the project and that the people of Cincinnati do not want it. For the project were ten people, including Mayor Mallory and Councilwomen Qualls and Quilivan in addition to a representative of UC Student Government, Christ Hospital, Sibcy Cline, and the University of Cincinnati, all of whom extolled the economic potential and demand for the Streetcar. The representative from Christ Hospital even went as far as to say that if the streetcar were built, Christ Hospital would expand.
Following the meeting, Mayor Mallory explained that the city would reassess the plans. Look for more information about the project from UrbanCincy.com.
* The earlier 4-3 vote, was on whether or not to vote separately on the Cincinnati Streetcar issue. The final 6-1 vote accepted the recommendations which included stripping funding from the Streetcar.