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Community Celebrates Restart of the Streetcar Construction
OVER-THE-RHINE (Jeff Hirsh) -- This was a day construction workers were afraid might never come.
"We're as excited as we can possibly be. It's a big relief for us. A lot of sleepless nights, I can tell you."
And there were plenty of days when supporters at City Hall were afraid the streetcar would be cancelled.
"There were moments when I thought Cincinnati was going to do what Cincinnati always does, and I thought we were going to be that city. But thank goodness we're not, so yes there were but here we go creating a new future for our city."
But this was also the day true believers from day one figured would always take place.
"Not every city, but most go through what Cincinnati has gone through until the day it opens and then the question is how can we expand the system."
But this mini-system was nearly killed by new Mayor John Cranley and the new city council until a consultant said stopping it or building it would cost about the same. And when a private foundation kicked in money for operating expenses, enough no votes switched to yes.
Of course, had the pro-streetcar mayoral candidate been elected, even the possibility of killing the line may not have happened.
"Oh this is absolutely a wonderful moment, because of the work that everybody did from November 6th on we now have a final decision that the streetcar is going to be built and that's something I worked for since 2008."
The first streetcar is scheduled to roll over the tracks in the fall of 2016, and you can almost guarantee that most if not all of these people will be on board.
Three weeks ago, that would have seemed laughable. But now, who knows. To Vine Street and beyond!
The streetcar line is a 3.6 mile loop between The Banks, Downtown and just past Findlay Market in Over-The-Rhine. The projected cost is 133- million dollars.