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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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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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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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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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The Cincinnati streetcar is still busier on the weekends than during the weekdays.  

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority presented October ridership numbers to a city council committee Tuesday.

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Update 10/07/16 at 10:40am:  Transdev issued a statement Thursday evening and it said it will add extra streetcars to meet weekend ridership numbers.

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black has notified streetcar project executive John Deatrick that his job with the city will end later this year.

Black wrote a letter to Deatrick on October 4 with the decision.  It comes less than a month after the streetcar began passenger service on September 9.

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Extra streetcars will be running this weekend as lots of people are expected Downtown for Oktoberfest and several Reds games.

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) had planned to only operate two cars late Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday unless the city came up with $20,000 to pay for additional service.

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Everyone seems to agree that two will not be enough, and four should be on the tracks.  

But Assistant City Manager John Juech said there is a disagreement between the city and Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, which is running the system under a contract with Cincinnati.

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It has been a long time coming, but the Cincinnati streetcar will officially begin carrying passengers Friday.

There have been many ups and downs for the streetcar project.  After years of planning, a three to four week work stoppage in 2013 that nearly killed it and months of construction, the system is ready to go.

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The public got its first look at the re-branded Cincinnati streetcar vehicles Tuesday, which include new colors and a new name.

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Lots of people are expected in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine when the streetcar begins passenger service on September 9; and Cincinnati Metro will be offering free bus service along the streetcar route that weekend. 

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Officials say the Cincinnati streetcar will begin passenger operations on Friday, September 9th.

Paul Grether, with the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), made the announcement Tuesday during a city council committee meeting.   SORTA is managing streetcar operations for the city.

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The Ohio Supreme Court is declining jurisdiction in the case between Cincinnati and Duke Energy concerning who should pay to move the company's utility lines and pipes for the streetcar project.  

That means an appeals court ruling from last year that the city is responsible for costs will stand.  

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A proposal to fund the first year of Cincinnati streetcar operations could be approved Wednesday.

City Council will vote on a revised plan, and this time Mayor John Cranley said he will not veto it even if it passes with only five "yes" votes. It takes six votes to override a veto.  

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley announced Wednesday he is appointing former Mayor Roxanne Qualls to the Music Hall Revitalization Company board.  

Cranley said he approached Qualls about the idea and the two discussed the appointment during lunch Tuesday.  

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It is back to the drawing board for how to pay for the first year operating costs of the Cincinnati streetcar system.  

City Council was expected to vote Wednesday on a plan to fund the estimated $4.2 million expense.  

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The arrival of the city's fifth and final streetcar vehicle is being delayed again.

Project manager Chris Eilerman told a council committee Tuesday it is now expected in early or mid-May. It was supposed to be here by the end of the month. Originally all the vehicles were to be delivered by the end of 2015.

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The full Cincinnati Council will vote Wednesday on an ordinance to fund the first year of the city's streetcar operations.  

The Budget and Finance Committee approved the measure Monday.  

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People in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine will begin seeing a lot more of the streetcar.  

City spokesman Rocky Merz said it is the burn-in phase of the project. Each of Cincinnati's five streetcar vehicles will have to log 500 kilometers on the tracks before they can be certified for service. Streetcar employee and driver training will occur after the burn-in period.  

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The full Cincinnati Council has approved an ordinance that would suspend streetcar operations during seven special events in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.  

The ordinance was approved Wednesday by a 6-2 vote.

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Cincinnati Council could vote Wednesday on an ordinance that would suspend streetcar operations during seven special events in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.

The Major Transportation Committee discussed the issue Tuesday for nearly three hours before approving the proposal

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