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Cranley: Streetcar Plan a Non-Starter

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority’s offer to bear responsibility for streetcar operating costs is a non-starter.

Cranley said Tuesday afternoon that SORTA’s plan is not financially stable, and he is concerned the agency will cut Metro bus service to pay for the streetcar.

Metro receives $46 million of its $92 million annual operating budget from the city. Cranley said SORTA offered a plan to add a tax onto tickets sold for Reds and Bengals games to help pay the streetcar’s annual operating costs. The Reds and Bengals oppose the idea, Cranley said.

Cranley was joined by City Council members Kevin Flynn, Amy Murray and Christopher Smitherman at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. The council members supported Cranley’s position on the SORTA proposal. Flynn and Murray continued to question why annual operating costs have not been established for the streetcar.

Via Cincinnati.com.

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