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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cincinnati kicks off construction of new streetcar line

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood helped kick off construction of a new 3.9-mile streetcar line that will spur Cincinnati's efforts to revitalize its downtown core by improving access to major employers, the developing riverfront and many area attractions. LaHood was joined at the event by Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory.

The Cincinnati streetcar will connect Cincinnati's riverfront and downtown employers with Findlay Market and the Over-the Rhine historic district, revitalizing neighborhoods along the route and giving people greater mobility and access to jobs and services.

"The Cincinnati streetcar line fits perfectly with the city's vision to transform the riverfront into a vibrant and desirable destination, while improving access to jobs and attractions like the Great American Ballpark and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center," said Rogoff. "In Cincinnati and all across Ohio, people need to know they can count on the funds being available for future transit projects like this that offer an alternative to sitting in traffic or paying more at the pump."

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