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Old July 30th, 2013, 05:14 AM   #41
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The only tracks that were still visible were the tracks directly in front of Music Hall. They were well worn, and were laid in the cobblestone street. They have been torn out to make way for the new tracks, and the stones will be put back in when it is finished.

Most of the other tracks are buried underneath the streets all throughout the city. I have seen them when they need to work on the utilities, and the original wooden ties are still there, just buried under the pavement.
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Old July 30th, 2013, 06:19 AM   #42
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And stangely enough, they plan on changing down, converting from a wider to a narrower gauge, which would not work well on any CBA if those tracks were still in use, especially given that Pittsburgh, Philladelphia and New Orleans still use that gauge.
Although no old track is being used, I still can only think of one reason that a gauge any narrower than the previous system makes sense, that 4'8.5'' is the only gauge for which the supplier is already tooled.

Also, given that the new line appears to be a loop, could unidirectional rolling stock be added later?

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Old July 30th, 2013, 04:44 PM   #43
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Old August 17th, 2013, 09:02 PM   #44
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Streetcar could be operational earlier than expected
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Part of the Cincinnati streetcar route could be operational in late 2015, well ahead of the Sept. 15, 2016 date the city had previously announced.

John Deatrick, who is leading the project, said the earlier date may happen because tracks for the Over-the-Rhine loop will be complete and at least some of the streetcars will have been delivered.

The OTR loop runs from 12th Street along Elm and Race streets to Henry Street near Findlay Market.
Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnat...&ed=2013-08-16
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Old August 27th, 2013, 04:05 AM   #45
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Demolition began today to make way for the streetcar maintenance shed.


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Old September 10th, 2013, 07:09 AM   #46
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First streetcar tracks to be placed mid-October
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WLWT News 5's John London said crews will begin removing pavers from Elm Street near Memorial Hall on Monday, Sept. 16.

Elm will be down to one lane between 12th and 14th streets beginning Monday, London said.

The tracks are expected to arrive in early October, with the first tracks being laid on the east side of Elm on or around Oct. 15.
Read more: http://www.wlwt.com/news/local-news/...#ixzz2eSY1Jn8U
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Old September 24th, 2013, 03:50 AM   #47
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Cincinnati Streetcar Monthly ReportJuly/August 2013

Below is the schedule for trackwork:

Elm (12th to Henry) - 9/16/2013 to 1/9/2014
Race (Elder to 12th) - 12/26/2013 to 4/1/2014
12th (Main to Elm) - 3/18/2014 to 6/20/2014
Central (Race to Main) - 4/8/2014 to 6/3/2014
Maintenance & Operations Facility trackwork - 5/27/2014 to 8/25/2014
OTR misc track work (turns and diamond) - 8/6/2014 to 11/25/2014
Walnut (Central to 2nd) - 9/16/2014 to 12/3/2014
2nd Street and bridges - 11/4/2014 to 3/9/2015
Main (2nd to 12th) - 3/6/2015 to 9/4/2015

Source: http://www.scribd.com/doc/170389650/...monthly-report
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Old October 4th, 2013, 02:53 AM   #48
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Cincinnati Streetcar Construction- Rails coming in a week or two:


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Old October 8th, 2013, 02:14 AM   #49
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First look at streetcar's modern design
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The rail cars that will run on Cincinnati’s streetcar route are expected to have a streamlined, modern design – with a nod to the past.

The five streetcars will be painted orange, gray and white, feature a street-level floor and have a nearly all-glass front, according to renderings posted on the rail-car manufacturer’s official website.

Mayor Mark Mallory and a representative from manufacturer CAF USA are expected to officially unveil the renderings to streetcar supporters during a rally Monday night in Over-the-Rhine.
Source: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/2...-modern-design

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Old October 8th, 2013, 03:14 AM   #50
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looks like Cincy is ordering the same streetcars as us in KC. I wonder if we ordered together.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 04:01 AM   #51
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Ordered as in I'd like to buy two sets of streetcars .........w/fries please

Too bad they didn't order RVA a few . I swear, putting one from Carytown to the airport would be perfect
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Old October 8th, 2013, 06:07 AM   #52
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looks like Cincy is ordering the same streetcars as us in KC. I wonder if we ordered together.
Yes, Kansas City piggybacked off of our contract, which saved us all money. Apparently Detroit might be getting in on the order as well.

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/04...-unveiled.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnat...piggyback.html
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Old October 16th, 2013, 02:11 AM   #53
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The first rail for the streetcar system was installed today!


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Old October 17th, 2013, 03:36 AM   #54
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Old November 5th, 2013, 01:55 AM   #55
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Streetcar tracks are finished on Elm Street between 12th and 13th, and the granite pavers are being put back in place:



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Old November 11th, 2013, 07:12 PM   #56
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The anti-streetcar mayor got elected and is now threatening to stop the project.

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During his acceptance speech, Cranley again vowed to “get out of” the streetcar project, though how he intends to do that is unclear. By the time he takes office, a half-mile of track will already be laid, and contracts have long been signed. By one reckoning, it would actually be more expensive to stop the project — $29 million more expensive — than to keep it going. Awkward, given that Cranley’s objection to the project is based entirely on fiscal grounds.

“We’d see what the options are to cancel the contract,” he told Cincinnati CityBeat last month, adding mysteriously, “We always have the option of renegotiating the contracts to do other infrastructure work in the city.”
Read more: http://nextcity.org/theworks/entry/c...ows-to-stop-it
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Old November 11th, 2013, 10:19 PM   #57
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Yeah, cancelling a project midway under construction is always a financial masterpiece and will save millions of Dollars? Is that guy really radical enough to prevent that project from being realized just for the sake of it, no matter how much money it will waste? But hey, it would fit wonderfully to Cincinnati's metro system.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 10:53 PM   #58
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Old November 12th, 2013, 03:03 AM   #59
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What's even more appalling is the cancellation fees might be MORE than the project. I am pretty sick of populist idiots.
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Old November 15th, 2013, 04:15 AM   #60
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Feds: If you kill the streetcar, we want our money back
http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnat...e.html?ana=twt


I'm glad they won't let the grant money be reallocated to other projects. It just makes it more obvious to people that cancelling the streetcar now is a really stupid idea.
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