Streetcar could get funding boost from federal government

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati's streetcar project could be getting a boost from the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is scheduled to announce another round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants on Wednesday.

According to an anonymous congressional source, Cincinnati may be in line for nearly $11 million.

Cincinnati applied for $56.8 million toward phase one of the streetcar project. That would  make up for the nearly $52 million that was pulled in state funding earlier this year.

Cincinnatians voted in November to allow work to continue on the controversial project. Had Issue 48 passed, it would have banned any rail project in the city for the next 10 years. The majority of the new city council also supports the streetcar.

The total amount of the entire streetcar project is estimated at $95 million.

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