WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $24,990,000 to the city of Cincinnati for the creation of a streetcar line. The funding is distributed by the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Urban Circulator Grant Program.
"By better linking Cincinnati's neighborhoods we can create jobs and fuel further investment to help set southwest Ohio on a path towards long-term economic growth," Brown said. "Increasing transportation options is good for business and good for our cities. This investment in transit infrastructure will create more transportation options for people who work downtown and encourage people across our state to visit all that Cincinnati has to offer."
The funding will provide for the construction of a six-mile streetcar route with 18 stops and six streetcars for operation on one-way pairs of downtown Cincinnati streets. The Cincinnati Streetcar Project will reconnect the central business district to two redeveloping neighborhoods just north of downtown: Over?the?Rhine and Uptown, the region's second largest employment center. The streetcar will allow Cincinnati's core to become more a pedestrian-friendly, livable and affordable community with a variety of land uses, housing units and income groups.
In February 2010, Sen. Brown wrote a letter of support on behalf of Cincinnati's application. Sen. Brown is working to revitalize Cincinnati's downtown business district. Just yesterday, he toured the Cincinnati Riverfront Park site with Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory. The 45-acre park is under construction between Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ballpark. In June, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded $8.5 million in funds for construction projects on Walnut Street at Cincinnati Riverfront Park. These projects will continue the revitalization of the riverfront district while bringing more jobs to southwest Ohio.