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Cincinnati Streetcar To Get Priority At Some Intersections

Bill Rinehart
The streetcar hit its 1 million rider milestone in April 2018. In its second year of operations, actual ridership was below estimates.

Cincinnati officials are ready to move forward with traffic signal priority (TSP) for the streetcar system at four intersections in the Central Business District and Over-the-Rhine.
"Installing TSP at four locations along the streetcar route will help improve streetcar on-time performance, also known as vehicle headway, which in turn should increase the overall customer experience," City Manager Patrick Duhaney wrote in a memo to Mayor John Cranley and City Council members.

A consultant is recommending adding a "green-light extension lasting 10 seconds" at the following intersections:

  • Liberty at Race
  • Liberty at Elm
  • Walnut at Ninth
  • Walnut at Second

The city estimates it will cost $80,000 to $100,000 to make the signal adjustments, and that funding will likely come from streetcar capital accounts.
The installations likely will not happen at the same time.

"TSP can be installed at both Liberty Street intersections once the procurement process is complete," the manager wrote. "For better efficiency and improved performance, the two Walnut Street installations, which are located in the Central Business District, will need to be coordinated with the ongoing CTCS Downtown Fiber Optic Cable Project and upcoming Downtown Signal Study project."

City administrators plan to have another update for City Council in about two months.

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