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Vehicle Delivery Delay Should Not Affect Streetcar Opening In 2016

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Right now Cincinnati streetcar officials say a delay in the first vehicle delivery will not affect passenger service, scheduled to begin September 2016.  

The first streetcar will now arrive in November or December instead of September 17th.  

Project Manager Chris Eilerman said the city is working closely with the streetcar maker, CAF USA.

“We are working with them to try to minimize the impact as far as the production goes,” Eilerman said.  “There are remaining testing activities that have to happen; we’re working with CAF to try to get those done as quickly as possible so that we can get vehicles on the rails here in Cincinnati.”

Council Member Amy Murray said she is alarmed by the delay with the first streetcar.

“You know our concern is when are we getting the streetcar and can you give us a definite time because we have to base all of our other projections based on when we are supposed to be getting these,” Murray said.

CAF blamed the delay on problems identified during testing and inspections.  It has also had issues with some of its sub-suppliers.  

Actual construction work on the streetcar track in the city is ahead of schedule and the last piece of track is expected to be in place by the end of October.