Streetcar crash prompts safety reminder

Know the rules of the road with Streetcar
Published: Aug. 16, 2016 at 8:28 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2016 at 8:41 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Monday's crash involving a streetcar at Third and Main streets Downtown is prompting Metro officials to remind the public of safety practices while around the new streetcars.

[Related story: Streetcar heavily damaged in Downtown crash]

With the grand opening of the streetcars less than a month away, they say now is the time for the public to get educated.

Driver Safety:

  • You can drive on the streetcar tracks, but some streetcar tracks change lanes, so don't follow the tracks.
  • Streetcars can not stop quickly or maneuver out of the way of vehicles and pedestrians, so give them lots of space.
  • Based on special signals, the streetcar may move at different times than other traffic.
  • Watch for streetcars before turning.
  • Park your entire vehicle within the white lines, including mirrors.
  • Look before opening your door.
  • Never block the track area.
  • Do not drive in lanes marked "transit only."

Pedestrian Safety:

  • Do not cross in front of a moving streetcar.
  • Step over tracks and walk things with wheels over tracks at an angle to avoid getting the wheels stuck.
  • Don't jaywalk.
  • Look and listen when near streetcar tracks.


The streetcars remain in the testing phase. They will begin transporting passengers on Sept. 9.

For these and more safety tips, including bike safety and tips for those with disabilities, visit http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/streetcar/

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