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Tie in Northern Kentucky to Cincinnati's streetcar?

There's an idea to tie Newport and Covington into the Cincinnati's streetcar project, in an effort to make travel between entertainment, sports and cultural venues easier. (Provided photo) There's an idea to tie Newport and Covington into the Cincinnati's streetcar project, in an effort to make travel between entertainment, sports and cultural venues easier. (Provided photo)
COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) -

There's an idea to tie Newport and Covington into the Cincinnati's streetcar project.

Covington Mayor Sherry Carran says there has been talk among riverfront cities about making travel between entertainment venues, sports arenas, shopping and dining favorites and cultural destinations in Cincinnati easier.

For perspective, cities across the country have been opening light rail projects linking large metro areas since the 1980's.

Some say the mode of transportation has the same benefits as a subway system for far less public money. Light rail cities, such as Portland, have become transportation models for the country,
pointing toward a transit-friendly urban future.
 
Thirty years later, light rail remains the most appealing mode of new public transportation for many American cities.

Billions of local, state and federal dollars have been invested in 650 miles of new light rail lines in 16 regions. Currently, there are 144 miles of additional lines under construction at a cost of more than $25 billion, according to www.thetransportpolitic.com.
 
As far as the current bus system linking downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, here is the breakdown of the Southbank Shuttle Trolley system:

Southbank Shuttle Trolley Fares

Cash Fare: $1.00

Senior/Disabled Reduced Fare: $0.75

Day Pass: $3.50

Game Day Service: Southbank Shuttle Trolleys provide service to all home Reds and Bengals games.

Southbank Shuttle Trolley Hours & Frequency:

Summer hours are April through October.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday: 6 a.m. to Midnight

Saturday: 10 a.m. to Midnight

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