Love it or hate it, Cincinnati's modern streetcar project finally broke ground last year after being upheld by voters twice. Meanwhile, several other American cities, such as Atlanta, are also building modern streetcar lines.
|- Atlanta Streetcar construction on NE Peachtree St. Ronny Salerno|
I had the opportunity to visit Atlanta over the weekend, where their new streetcar line is on track for a 2014 opening. Crews were finishing up laying the rails for a route that will connect several destinations in downtown with existing bus and rail stops along the city's MARTA transportation system. In Cincinnati, we'll soon see rails like these laid in the streets as the Queen City joins the ranks of Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Charlotte, Houston and several other cities with modern rail systems.
|- Atlanta Streetcar Construction on Nw. Ellis St. Ronny Salerno|
Currently in Cincinnati, utilities are being relocated and the vehicles have been ordered. The streetcar's opening in 2016 will mark the first time Cincinnati has had rail transit since 1951.
|- An Atlanta Streetcar vehicle being assembled. Image via: Atlanta Streetcar on Facebook.|
Believe it or not, despite the project being supported by voters in not one, but two special referendums -and with it currently under construction - John Cranley has promised to kill the project if elected mayor of Cincinnati this November.
Remember, we almost had a subway once too.
|- Rendering of Cincinnati Streetcar vehicle. Image via: Urban Cincy|