City passes ordinance that suspends streetcar service during major events

City passes ordinance that suspends streetcar service during major events

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The streetcar which isn't in operation just yet continues to be the talk of the town. City council passed an ordinance that would shut down operation of the rail transportation at select hours during major outdoor events.

Those events are Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati, Taste of Cincinnati, Flying Pig Marathon, Opening Day Parade, Thanksgiving Day 10k, Heart Mini Marathon and Health Expo.

"The streetcars crosses over into where some of these events are, the events operate on places where there are street car tracks. So just again making sure that they can harmoniously coexist," said Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.

Some who work not too far from where the street car will operate say this will affect business.

"Even though it's not up and running yet, obviously it going to be disadvantageous to all the local business, even though we don't know the traffic it will bring. Obviously that running is going to be good from an economic perspective down here," said Homage Assistant Manager Bobby Goodwin.

Sittenfield says there was a lot of consideration when it came to making this decision, public safety being one.

Portland, Oregon which also has a rail system, shuts down entirely for its Rose Festival Parade. The ordinance wouldn't affect the operation of the streetcar for the whole day just at set times.

"There will be certain times when the streetcar isn't operating where the festivals actually are, but pretty minimal amount of time, limit numbers of festivals per year," said Sittenfeld.

Some who live and work in OTR understand both sides.

"I get it because things are really busy down here during big events but it's also nice to have the street car going back and forth for people who live down here," said resident Katie Yoder.

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