Cincinnati streetcar plan debate this week

CINCINNATI (AP) - Plans to put a streetcar system in Cincinnati are on the line this week.

City council members will debate the $128 million project. Mayor Mark Mallory believes he has a majority in support of a streetcar plan he thinks will help boost economic development in the city's downtown.

Council members on Wednesday will decide whether to authorize up to $64 million in bonds to finance the city's share of the project. Some supporters say they are hesitant to approve the bonds without conditions, such as waiting until federal and state grants for the project are in hand.

And opponents are considering circulating petitions to have a public vote on the project.

A ballot measure that would have required a public vote on passenger rail issues was defeated last year.

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