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First Streetcar Tracks Laid- Politics or Construction?

CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- About 100 Cincinnati Streetcar supporters gathered near Washington Park today to see the first tracks laid into place.

"This is a big deal," Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory told the crowd.

"This project has come a long way.  It has overcome a lot of obstacles and had some crazy opposition.  But this is the project that will not stop."

Construction crews used a hoist to lay a 3,000 pound 80 feet long steel rail into place on Elm Street.  Its the first 80 feet of the 3.6 mile, $140-million first phase of the streetcar line. 

Project Manager John Deatrick says tracks from Music Hall to Findlay Market should be in place by the end of the year.

Not everyone was thrilled by Tuesdays construction work.  Mayoral candidate John Cranley, who says hell kill the project if elected, called it a campaign stunt. 

His opponent, Councilmember Roxanne Qualls, is a strong supporter of the project.

Obviously this was a political event.  Three weeks before the election.  They know Im going to cancel it and theyre trying to bind the hands of the public.  It shows enormous contempt for the taxpayer.

Cranley says he will kill the project no matter how much track is laid before he takes office.

The streetcar project is scheduled to be up and running by late 2016.

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