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This week on Cincinnati Edition's Friday news review:

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Cincinnati's streetcar is operating with passengers once again, and for now, it will be free to ride.

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Cincinnati City Council is expected to vote Wednesday to override a mayoral veto of an ordinance making streetcar rides free for the next 60 days.  

Cincinnati's streetcar is on track to run again, without fares. This comes after Cincinnati City Council was able to override the mayor's veto. But the mayor vetoed another piece of streetcar legislation this week.

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Cincinnati's streetcar system will soon begin operating with passengers and those rides will be free. 

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Cincinnati council could vote Wednesday on an alternate funding plan to resume streetcar passenger service. 

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 As the COVID-19 global pandemic brings uncertainty to the world, local governments are working to respond each day. Sometimes, those response efforts are adjusted almost as soon as they are announced.

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On Monday, Cincinnati's mayor and health commissioner ordered that the streetcar system stop passenger service because of health concerns with the COVID-19 crisis and the statewide stay-at-home order.

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The city of Cincinnati is about to add transit agency to its list of responsibilities.  

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Cincinnati City Council has approved an ordinance spending $536,000 to fund "expenditures for the transition of management of the streetcar from SORTA to the city."

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Cincinnati is working to takeover direct management of the city's streetcar system, which means the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) would no longer be the operator. But officials are still considering whether city staff will oversee the system, or hand that responsibility to a non-profit authority.

After more than a quarter century in office, a popular local politician is retiring following a return of cancer. Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune’s career has seen him defy the odds, being elected as a Democrat before that was the norm in the region’s most populous but, for generations, heavily Republican county. In a teary announcement Thursday, he said that while cancer is derailing his plans to seek reelection, he will finish his current term.

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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.

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First responders will hone their skills on the streetcar this week. Full-scale security exercises start Tuesday morning at the Maintenance and Operation Facility (MOF) in Over-the-Rhine.

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This week FEMA investigators are in Ohio trying to assess the damage caused by tornadoes that hit the state Memorial Day. The National Weather Service confirmed 21 tornadoes struck in the state, damaging thousands of homes, apartments and commercial buildings.

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Some Cincinnati non-profit agencies are not happy with a city proposal to eliminate the admissions tax exemption on their organizations to help fund streetcar operations.

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The Cincinnati streetcar system is projected to have a $1.15 million operating deficit for the fiscal year that starts July 1st.  The city is now working on alternatives to plug that hole.  

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Downtown is hosting several events this Memorial Day Weekend, and as such various streets and Metro routes are affected. 

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You can ride the Streetcar for free when you go to a Reds game.  A release from the city says for the rest of this season, anyone with a valid game ticket will be eligible to ride for free all day. 

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Changes could be coming to the Cincinnati Streetcar. The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority is considering three proposals that would extend peak-time frequency, especially on the weekends.

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After months of searching, Cincinnati has selected an interim deputy director for the streetcar system.  

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With the New Year on the horizon, Metro has released the holiday schedules for buses and the streetcar for Jan. 1, 2019. Here's what to expect:

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The Cincinnati Bell Connector marked its second year of operation last weekend. It took more than 15 years of discussion, planning, construction and political battles before the first streetcar traveled the 3.6-mile loop through downtown and Over-The-Rhine.

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The Cincinnati Bell Connector turned 2 on September 9 and opinions differ on its success. The man known as "Mr. Streetcar," John Schneider, says it has met its goals of reinvestment and repopulation downtown. Former City Councilman Kevin Flynn says the problem with that argument is it can't be proven or disproven. Both have written opinion pieces on the success of the streetcar for WVXU and will join Cincinnati Edition on Wednesday, September 12 at 1 p.m. to further discuss their viewpoints.

Opinion: Let's Fix The Streetcar

Sep 10, 2018
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The Cincinnati Bell Connector turned 2 on September 9 and opinions differ on its success. The man known as "Mr. Streetcar," John Schneider, says it has met its goals of reinvestment and repopulation downtown. Former City Councilman Kevin Flynn says the problem with that argument is it can't be proven or disproven. Both have written opinion pieces on the success of the streetcar for WVXU and will join Cincinnati Edition on Wednesday, September 12 at 1 p.m. to further discuss their viewpoints. 

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Cincinnati police and city officials are investigating the shooting Thursday morning at the Fifth Third Bank building on Fountain Square which left the shooter and three of his victims dead and two others injured.

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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.

Mr. Golden, the streetcar mascot, looks on from behind.
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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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Ohio Governor John Kasich is reflective but short on policy details during his eighth and final "State of the State" speech. An Assistant Cincinnati Police Chief is forced off the force. This, in the same week an audit is revealed, questioning overtime spending by the Cincinnati Police Department, and as one CPD captain accuses top police officials of discrimination. And calls for new management of the Cincinnati Streetcar amid low ridership, breakdowns and time delays.

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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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