Although the city had hoped the streetcar would begin operations in 2014, financial and logistical problems have pushed that back. The new target is the summer of 2015, Dohoney says.
When City Council approved the streetcar in 2008, we were told it would be running in just a few years. Now in 2012, we are being told it will be running in just a few years. We wonder what they'll say next year.
No matter how long it takes, this streetcar is going to happen. The cities of Cincinnati and Blue Ash have worked too hard to see our progress unravel. Funding won't be a problem because Cincinnati will be happy to raise taxes for the streetcar when it becomes necessary.
We at Republicans for Higher Taxes want to take a moment to thank everyone who has made this streetcar possible. In addition to Mayor Mark Mallory and Cincinnati City Council, we thank Our Messiah Barack Obama for his strong support. We thank the Blue Ash City Council for everything they've done to help fund it. We thank Sean Donovan for his many years of support. We also thank former Governor Ted Strickland, even if the voters didn't. There are many more we could thank too. Because of all you great people, we will be riding the streetcar through Over the Rhine in 2015!