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City fails to get federal money for streetcar project

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The federal government announced recipients of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grants on Wednesday.

Not on the list is funding for a streetcar in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and City Manager Milton Dohoney said in a press conference Wednesday that they aren't concerned over not getting the funding, because they will have other sources for funding. Mayor Mallory said he plans to go to Washington D.C. next week to meet with Vice President Joe Biden, and that he hopes to have streetcars up and running by 2012.

Residents voted in favor of a light rail system during last November's election. The streetcar has been a large project for Mayor Mark Mallory.

The government awarded $1.5 billion in TIGER grants to 51 projects across the country. CSX Corp., the nation's third-largest railroad, was awarded $98 million raise vertical clearances on tunnels and bridges, allowing trains to carry double-stacked containers filled with electronics, clothing and other consumer goods. The money will fund the first corridor of the project, from northwest Ohio to Chambersburg, Pa., through West Virginia and Maryland.

Milton, Ky. and Madison, Ind. also received $20 million for a project that would replace an 81-year-old bridge spanning the Ohio River between the two towns. The states requested $95 million in federal money for the project's estimated $131 million cost.

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