Forum held for public to sound off on streetcar project

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The public sounded off on Cincinnati's proposed streetcar plan during a City Council meeting on Wednesday night.

The purpose of the session was to request that the City Administration provide a detailed report to city council on the recent changes made to the project. Last week, Mayor Mark Mallory and City Manager Milton Dohoney announced a revised route for the project, using the $99 million in funding that's already in place.

Of the citizens who were there to voice their support of the project, 39 were there to voice their support of the project, and 6 were there to show their disapproval of the streetcar.

While a majority were in favor of the project, those that weren't made sure their voices were heard, telling council, "Put the money where we know it will work. Up and down our streets, they're falling down."

Others voice that the streetcar project is already doing what it set out to, grow the economy.

Council member Charlie Winburn, one of the councilmen who called Wednesday's meeting, was frustrated coming out of the meeting, saying, "The city administration and the city manager, they failed to answer the questions tonight."

Mayor Mark Mallory took a different view of the meeting, saying "Tonight was very productive. This was an opportunity to get more information out about the funding of the street car, the new route, how the operation would occur...There are a lot of people in this community that want us to make this progress and we're gonna do it"

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