Council Approves $17.4M To Keep Streetcar Moving Ahead
Today, a majority of City Council voted to approve $17.4 million in the Budget & Finance Committee to keep the streetcar project moving forward.
The full Council will vote on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Additionally, the federal government has provided an additional $5 million for the project. In the award letter, U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, "The DOT continues to support your bold vision for economic development and enhanced transportation choices for the city of Cincinnati, and we believe that this project is a significant component of that vision."
After the vote on Wednesday, the Streetcar project team will continue discussions with Messer/Prus/Delta , the joint-venture low bidder for the construction contract, to finalize next steps in awarding the contract.
Greater Cincinnati Water Works has completed their work in Over-the-Rhine, while Cincinnati Bell has begun moving manholes along the route.
Duke Energy has begun electric work in the Central Business District (along Walnut Street), while communications provider Level 3 has also begun moving their lines.
The City and Time Warner Cable are finalizing the agreements for their work to begin and the Metropolitan Sewer District is putting out to bid the work to line their infrastructure to protect it under the rail slab.
Vehicle Design & Construction
Streetcar Project Manager Chris Eilerman and other members of the project team met with the vehicle manufacturer in Spain in mid-June to review technical specifications, engineering and safety measures for the vehicles.
Operations & Maintenance
SORTA, the City’s operations partner in the streetcar project, has executed a contract with Transportation Resource Associates (TRA), a rail transit consulting firm based in Philadelphia. TRA will help to revise and refine the existing operations and maintenance plan with associated strategies, budget, and timeline. This will help to distill the current plan into a working roadmap for such operational needs as the management model, staffing, and start up needs.