Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cincinnati Streetcar

Special note: Here at Queen City Tour we normally focus on all of the great sights currently around Cincinnati but feel that this future project is important to the accessibility, sustainability and livability of the city.

In 2008, Cincinnati City Council approved a plan to build a new streetcar system and by the end of 2010, the city secured all of the funding needed to complete a streetcar line stretching from the Central Business District downtown through Over The Rhine to the Uptown area around the University of Cincinnati. Due to state funding cuts, the first phase of the streetcar has been scaled back to include only the Central Business District and Over The Rhine with future phases covering the riverfront, Uptown, and outlying neighborhoods.

The streetcar between downtown and Over The Rhine will connect residents and visitors alike to many restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues in both areas of town with most attractions being within a block or two of a streetcar stop. It will reduce the amount of parking needed and will reduce congestion in these areas making them more accessible.

Starting downtown the streetcar will connect residents and visitors to Government Square on Fifth Street – the main transportation hub for Metro and TANK in the city. From Fifth Street the streetcar will travel up Walnut Street with stops near The Aronoff Center and The Public Library. It will then travel across Central Parkway with a stop near the Emery Theatre. From Central it will travel North on Race Street through Over The Rhine with a stop near Liberty Street and another near Findlay Market. It will turn on Henry Street and travel South on Elm Street with a stop near Henry, a stop at Findlay Market, Liberty Street, and Music Hall. The streetcar will then turn on Twelfth Street with a stop near Jackson Street and the Know Theatre and one on Main Street. Returning downtown there will be stops at the Hamilton County Courthouse, at Eighth Street, and in front of the Gwynne Building and will return to Fifth Street and Government Square.

The streetcar project will grow the urban core attracting more business and residents as well as create a vibrant downtown for everyone. It will also give everyone an easy way to tour this great city.

Construction on the streetcar is expected to start in the fall of 2011 and be up and running by 2013.

Cincinnati Streetcar
Coming soon to Cincinnati

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