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  •  Cincinnati's streetcar woes (1+ / 0-)
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    Cartoon Peril

    The council has been moving to get a system in place, but funding problems have plagued progress.  The full system is at around $185 million including track and cabling, funding is at about $90 million so far, assuming we do not lose any of that.  The city is already having problems paying the bills for normal stuff, so spending on something like this is rather contentious.

     Yes, streetcar systems helped in Portland, but Portland is not run by Cincinnati's city council or the county commissioners.  There are already brilliant plans underway to hold a firesale on county property to extend tax breaks rather than suspend or cancel them.  That is in addition to a declining tax base and other garbage.  I would think a dedicated bus line would be less expensive and serve as a system trial, but council seems fixed on all or nothing.

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