You had to know that this $110 million streetcar project was going to run straight down the middle of this year’s Cincinnati mayor’s race.
One candidate, Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, has been an ardent supporter. The other major candidate, John Cranley, has been a vocal opponent.
At the moment, though, the streetcar appears to have jumped the tracks.
Cincinnati Council Member Chris Seelbach is telling streetcar supporters on Twitter his patience is beginning to run thin with the project. He wrote either city administrators need to get going or they don't. He asked how many times will the date for operations to start be pushed back. The original plan called for streetcars to be running this year. Now the projected operating date is 2016.
The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) is moving ahead with the process to apply for an $11 million federal grant to help build the Cincinnati Streetcar system. A cooperative agreement will govern how the two agencies spend the federal money during the streetcar project. But the SORTA Board has approved language in a document the city does not want included.