Groups submit signatures to get streetcars on Nov. ballot

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Several groups submitted thousands of signatures Monday to get Cincinnati's streetcar plan on the November ballot.

A long list of names who want a vote on the streetcar issue was submitted at City Hall on Monday morning. The signatures are on a petition that'll be given to the city's clerk of courts.

The NAACP, Coast and AFSCME all worked together to file these petitions for a ballot issue.

It's for an amendment that says if city money is to be used for a project like the streetcar system, voters would have to okay the plan.

Mayor Mark Mallory has spoke about this, saying it's not a good thing. He thinks it would be a disaster in terms of mass transit, saying if the issue was on the ballot, it would kill the streetcar plan and other future passenger rail ideas in the city's future.

Part of the reason is that the public voting would delay the plan and could cost the city tens of millions in federal dollars.

The first phase price tag is $128 million dollars, with the total hitting $185 million.

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