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Cincinnati City Council approves the city's $407 million operating budget for the new fiscal year that starts Sunday. Councilwoman Amy Murray shares what she learned at a national emergency communications conference as two firms continue their reviews of Cincinnati's 911 system following the tragic death of Kyle Plush. Mayor Cranley vetoes a proposed streetcar congestion fix. City officials narrow the possible sites for the police department's new District Five headquarters. And it's a turbulent time for some of the major companies headquartered in Cincinnati.   

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has vetoed a proposal that would let the city spend up to $600,000 to relocate a bus shelter near Government Square that's blocking the streetcar system.

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Cincinnati and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) have reached an agreement that could alleviate a major source of track blockages for the streetcar system.  

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A couple of Cincinnati council members are again raising the issue of eliminating streetcar fares as the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) says it needs a little more than $4 million for operations during the fiscal year starting July 1.

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Cincinnati City Council will likely vote Thursday on a motion making adjustments or fixes to the city's streetcar system.  

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We may find out next week if Futbol Club Cincinnati will win its bid for a Major League Soccer franchise. But what will a new soccer stadium actually cost Cincinnati taxpayers, and how will it affect the West End community? Cincinnati City Council Member Christopher Smitherman calls for a return to two-year council terms. Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune attends his first commission meeting while continuing rehab from his leg amputation. And possible changes are coming to the Cincinnati streetcar.

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Cincinnati Council Member Greg Landsman is releasing details of his plan to fix some of the problems with the streetcar system.

His proposals come in a motion released Wednesday night to fellow council members and the media.

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Angie Jolevski brought some of her Rapid Run Middle School students downtown Friday with plans to visit the Banks and Findlay Market. As Jolevski got on board the streetcar to make the trip north, she found herself surrounded with balloons, confetti, music and mascots, and Metro recognizing her as the streetcar's one millionth rider.

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Between the late start to Reds Opening Day and the fact that this year's parade takes place well after the first pitch, Cincinnatians have gotten used to delays so far this spring. And come Monday, they'll have to prepare for more—on the roads at least. 

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There are lots of problems with the Cincinnati streetcar, the biggest among them is perhaps the lack of a good management system.  

Assistant City Manager John Juech told a Cincinnati Council committee Tuesday there isn't a single person who's in charge and empowered to make decisions

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In October, a Cincinnati council majority was ready to end a contract with the company responsible for the streetcar ticket vending machines.  Now that firm says the problems have been addressed and it's offering a three-year extended warranty on the devices.  

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Residents near Washington Park may lose some sleep in the next few weeks because of a Duke Energy project.

Cincinnati officials say Duke needs to add capacity to keep up with electric demands in the southern portion of Over-the-Rhine.

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Cincinnati council members are running out of patience with the company responsible for streetcar ticket vending machines.  

The units have caused problems since revenue service began more than a year ago.  Problems include difficulty when using credit cards, and the machines unexpectedly shutting down.  

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A Cincinnati Council majority is asking administrators to determine if the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority and its vendors are in default under the operating agreement for the streetcar system.  

The five members who voted for the motion are concerned about ongoing problems with ticket vending machines and how many cars operate during large, special events.  

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During his career John Deatrick has been involved in dozens of major Cincinnati design, construction and renovation projects, from downtown skywalks and city parking garages to Findlay Market and Lunken Airport. But he is best known as project executive for The Banks and the Cincinnati Streetcar, which have both dramatically changed, and now help define, Cincinnati.

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Cincinnati City Council will vote Wednesday on three ordinances needed to allow a plan to build a new Kroger store in Downtown to move forward.

The Budget and Finance Committee met Monday and approved the measures.

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President Trump was in Cincinnati Wednesday for a speech on rebuilding America's waterways. The Kroger Company announced plans to build a mixed-use project downtown, which will include the first grocery store the company has had downtown since 1969. And Cincinnati City Council looks at the city's budget and funding for the second year of the streetcar. 

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A Cincinnati Council Committee could hold a special meeting next week to debate how much money to pay the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) next year to operate the streetcar system.  

The agency submitted its request to the city last week asking for an increase of about six percent compared to the current year.  

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Preliminary data show the number of streetcar boardings increased in April when compared to March. Assistant City Manager John Juech told a City Council committee Tuesday the preliminary figure was 49,966.

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Summer promotional passes for the Cincinnati Bell Connector will cost $33 a month and go on sale sometime next month.  

The pass will allow unlimited rides on the streetcar each month during June, July and August.  

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Rumors continue to circulate that many people are riding the Cincinnati streetcar without paying the fares.

But officials say riders are being checked.  

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Many people are still complaining about the reliability of Cincinnati's streetcar service.  

The system has delayed or missed trips around the loop, and is not meeting the 12 to 15 minute service intervals that were promised.  

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Two road projects start in Cincinnati Monday. Both are expected to cause some traffic problems.

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Part of the Cincinnati Streetcar system will be shut down for four days later this month so construction crews can replace some crumbling concrete along two sections of track.

The work at Walnut and Court and Walnut and Ninth will likely happen the week of March 20.

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A Cincinnati council committee will hear about four options Wednesday to repair concrete near the streetcar track at the intersections of Walnut Street with Court and Ninth streets.

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Each Friday on Cincinnati Edition, we present an in-depth discussion of the developments behind the headlines.

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Some Cincinnati council members say the city should be writing more parking tickets to keep people from blocking the streetcar route.  

Blockages have been an ongoing problem since passenger service started in September, and can delay service for several minutes.  

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The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) says arrival signs at the city's 18 streetcar stations should now be operating correctly.  

The agency, in an email shared with city council members, says the signs were all returned to service Monday.

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Several Cincinnati Council Members are running out of patience that the arrival signs at the city's 18 streetcar stations still aren't working.

The signs have been turned off since last month because of ongoing problems with them displaying incorrect information.

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The Cincinnati Bell Connector was not as popular with riders during November when compared to September and October.  

There were about 50,000 trips last month, roughly 60 percent below projections.

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