City gets funding for streetcar project

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The city of Cincinnati is getting $25 million in federal funding for its streetcar project.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the announcement Thursday morning.

Cincinnati plans a six-mile streetcar route connecting the city's central business district with two redeveloping neighborhoods north of downtown, including an area around the University of Cincinnati.

In total, 53 projects nationwide are receiving nearly $300 million in stimulus money.

The city of Cincinnati received all they asked for in federal money for the $128 million project. The grant brings the total funding committed to the Streetcar project to $114.5 million and will allow the City to begin construction on the project.

Even if the full amount is not in place, city officials have said preliminary construction could begin this fall with relocating utilities to clear the way for track installation.

"This is great news for Cincinnati.  Having the federal government come in as a partner on our Streetcar shows that we have one of the best plans in the country," Mayor Mark Mallory said.  "This is why it is important to go out and engage decision makers directly."

"The support for this project coupled with waterfront development, casino and other development projects proves that Cincinnati is in a growth mode," said Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney.  "We are very pleased about today's announcement."

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