Cincinnati sets streetcar opening date

Cincinnati sets streetcar opening date

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Streetcar will officially hit the tracks Friday, Sept. 9.

City leaders announced the full service opening date at a transportation committee meeting Tuesday. The date is set "assuming all necessary safety and security certifications are received this summer," according to a release from transportation officials.

A dedication ceremony will be held before the streetcar is open to the public. More information about the grand opening weekend is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Five streetcar vehicles will travel from The Banks to Over-the-Rhine, stopping at 18 locations along the 3.6 mile loop.

The electric vehicles have been running tests through the city over the past few months.

Last week, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority announced a mobile payment service that will allow streetcar riders to plan, track and pay for fares. Officials say they hope to have the app up and running by the streetcar's opening date.

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