Streetcar supporters aim for ballot issue

Dec 9, 2013

Streetcar supporters are launching a campaign to put a charter amendment on the February ballot forcing the city to finish the streetcar. The group We Believe in Cincinnati says it needs 5,700 signatures but is aiming for 12,000 by Saturday.

Spokesman Ryan Messer says the group will try to get an amendment on the ballot to let voters decide the streetcar issue.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Spokesman Ryan Messer says the charter amendment isn't the group's primary approach to getting the streetcar back on track. He says group members continue to lobby the mayor and council members to restart work and they are hopeful that will happen. He adds that the group is in contact with the Federal Transit Administration, which controls what happens to the federal dollars allocated to the project.

A planning meeting to train petition gatherers is set for Tuesday at 6pm at First Lutheran Church at 1208 Race Street in Over-the-Rhine.

Attorneys for We Believe in Cincinnati sent the following letter to Mayor John Cranley on Monday.

The proposed charter amendment is below: