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Old March 20th, 2015, 07:26 PM   #161
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It's more that they chose to use horizontal bars in stead of wires that span the whole street. The all-wires option looks a lot less cluttered. I do hope they're going to remove the telephone/power poles. It's cluttering the streetscape for no good reason. They should have put all the utilities on just two sets of poles. On on each side of the street.

Compare the pic from the link posted above to the all-wires version


Elm Street by Travis Estell, on Flickr


Human motion, part 1 by JdJ Photography (www.jdj-photography.nl), on Flickr
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Old March 20th, 2015, 10:17 PM   #162
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That is ridiculous. So they still have such old chaotic telephone wiring along the street but yet complain about the shiny new and fairly high quality overhead equipment of the tram? Come one, are they serious? I agree with you though that a solution spanning over the street might look less cluttered.

There are actually a number of techniques how you can supply trams with electricity, also those without overhead wires in central locations. But I am not a fan of those overhead free systems. They are costly and disadvantageous from a functional point of view.

I think with overhead infrastructure you have a choice to make. You can go either go towards low intrusiveness, but those cable systems don't look too classy, in exchange of course there visual imprint is fairly small. Or you can go for a classy look. This leaves a large visual impact but can look really nice. Cincinnati chose rather the latter.

PS: The picture above looks fairly zoomed in. This appears to exaggerate the visual impact quite substantially. But that is something one can only estimate properly when at the location with the own eyes.
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Old March 21st, 2015, 08:05 PM   #163
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The anti streetcar crowd in Cincy are basically looking for anything to criticize and complain about, honestly its best if we just ignore them.
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 06:43 PM   #164
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A quick word about the overhead utilities. Unfortunately there was not room in the streetcar's budget for burying all utilities along the 3.6 mile route. However, the utilities did have to "get out of the way" to allow for the streetcar's track and OCS (overhead contact system) to be built. Some of the utilities, such as Cincinnati Bell, voluntarily chose to bury all of their utilities along the route. Unfortunately, Duke Energy chose the cheapest option and simply installed new poles that raised their wires higher than the streetcar's OCS wire.

Also, Slartibartfas is correct -- in my photo above, it is quite zoomed in, exaggerating the appearance of the OCS poles. In person, it's not an issue. The people complaining about it are simply complaining because it represents a project that they don't like.
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Old March 28th, 2015, 08:41 PM   #165
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Old April 30th, 2015, 12:36 AM   #166
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Little update





















Sorry for the size. All pictures by City of Cincinnati.
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Old April 30th, 2015, 04:01 PM   #167
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Here are a few of my shots from this month...

Everything on Race Street finished except for the overhead wire (4/22):


Street Resurfacing by Travis Estell, on Flickr

Finishing up work around the Maintenance and Operations Facility/car barn (4/22):


Henry Street by Travis Estell, on Flickr


Henry Street by Travis Estell, on Flickr

Track construction recently started on Main Street (4/18):


Cincinnati Streetcar Construction by Travis Estell, on Flickr

Moving south on Main Street across Central Parkway into the Central Business District (4/24):


Cincinnati Streetcar Construction by Travis Estell, on Flickr
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Old May 12th, 2015, 05:00 AM   #168
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Old May 12th, 2015, 06:57 AM   #169
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Sound great. I should have to take a look to this project.
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Old May 14th, 2015, 05:06 AM   #170
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Old July 8th, 2015, 07:47 PM   #171
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From Railway Gazette:

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http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/n...streetcar.html

Transdev to operate Cincinnati Streetcar
08 Jul 2015







USA: Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority has selected Transdev Services Inc to operate and maintain the Cincinnati Streetcar. Announcing the decision on July 6, SORTA Chair Jason Dunn said: ‘The contract is within the budget established by the City and meets the service levels in the Federal grant applications.’ Transdev has operated the New Orleans streetcar network since 2009.

SORTA launched a request for proposals in January, and required all bidders to submit proposals for both turnkey and management contracts. The former would see all staff provided by the contractor, whereas the latter would involve the participation of SORTA staff. Transdev placed the best-value bid using both methods, said SORTA, ahead of bids from Aecom-URS Energy & Construction, First Transit, Herzog Transit Services, RATP Dev/McDonald Transit

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Old August 4th, 2015, 05:11 AM   #172
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Our CAF rolling stock is coming along nicely, but will be delivered 8 weeks later than scheduled. Luckily the systems opening date is not affected.



http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnat...delivered.html
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The current project leadership has done an excellent job of setting realistic expectations and keeping the project moving forward despite all the political obstacles. They were smart enough to build in plenty of time for testing, so this delay should not affect the streetcar's opening date unless there are major problems during testing.
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I was born, raised and educated (UC/DAAP) in Cincinnati and have resided in Portland Oregon for the past 25 years. I am a senior transportation planner / manager and have worked on a number of streetcar projects in Portland, Seattle and other cities across the US and Canada, but not on the Cincinnati project.

What is the planned opening date for the streetcar line?
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Old August 11th, 2015, 03:14 AM   #175
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I wonder if that means our streetcar order is also delayed for Kansas City as we are on the same order?
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I was born, raised and educated (UC/DAAP) in Cincinnati and have resided in Portland Oregon for the past 25 years. I am a senior transportation planner / manager and have worked on a number of streetcar projects in Portland, Seattle and other cities across the US and Canada, but not on the Cincinnati project.

What is the planned opening date for the streetcar line?
It's still expected to open for passengers in Sept. 2016.
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Old August 12th, 2015, 08:13 AM   #177
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It's still expected to open for passengers in Sept. 2016.
Thank-you. Based on other projects I am involved in I would say that it's going to be at least a few months before the first car is delivered
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Old October 16th, 2015, 03:03 AM   #178
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The last of the streetcar track will be installed tomorrow and the first vehicle will arrive later this month.

Streetcar milestone set for Friday
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Cincinnati's streetcar project is expected to reach a major milestone this week when the final piece of rail is welded into Downtown streets.

The 3.6-mile track through Downtown and Over-the-Rhine is scheduled to be completed on Friday afternoon, project leader John Deatrick said Tuesday. Crews plan to weld the last piece of rail at Second and Main streets near Great American Ball Park. leaving only a handful of smaller projects before the entire construction phase is completed. Second Street between Main and Walnut streets is to remain closed until Oct. 30.
Source: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news...iday/73882086/
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Old October 30th, 2015, 02:50 AM   #179
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First Streetcar Vehicle Set to Arrive in Cincinnati on Friday
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CINCINNATI —The first streetcar vehicle is scheduled to be delivered by flatbed tractor-trailer to the Maintenance and Operations Facility (MOF) at the corner of Race and Henry streets in Over-the-Rhine on Friday.

The vehicle will be hauled northbound on Race Street via Liberty Street. The truck will pause on Race next to the MOF for approximately 90 minutes to unload onto tracks, followed by an additional 30 minutes to tow, along the tracks, to the inside of the MOF.

It's being hauled from the manufacturing plant in Elmira Heights, New York. It arrived in Ohio late Thursday afternoon before stopping for the day.
Source: http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/cityofc...riday-morning/
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Old November 2nd, 2015, 07:12 AM   #180
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Our first streetcar since the 1950's has arrived!

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