The city of Cincinnati is now responsible for covering the cost of relocating Duke Energy utility lines along the streetcar route.
On Tuesday, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Carl Stich ruled that the city was not within its legal justification to “compel Duke to bear the expense of relocating utilities to accommodate construction and operation of a proprietary public transport system,” according to the report.
If the ruling is upheld, the city will have to use $15 million that it set aside last year in preparation for streetcar construction.
‘Today's ruling is disappointing, but not surprising,” Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black said. “Our responsibility now is to bring it in on time and on budget.”