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2/21/2012



Rail News: Passenger Rail

LaHood, Rogoff help launch Cincinnati streetcar construction


Last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff were on hand to help kick off construction on a new 3.9-mile streetcar line in Cincinnati.

The project is designed to help revitalize the city’s downtown by connecting the riverfront and downtown employers with Findlay Market and the Over-the Rhine district, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) officials said in a prepared statement.

The new 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,” Rogoff said.

The USDOT is providing $39.9 million for the project, including $10.9 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery III funds, $25 million from the Federal Transit Administration’s Urban Circulator grant program, and $4 million from a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant. Local funding sources will cover the project’s remaining costs.





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