2012: Construction Begins on a Streetcar System in Cincinnati

February 17, 2012

A major public transit milestone for Cincinnati began with the start of construction on a new streetcar system, known as the Connector, in that major Ohio city. Those on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for this system included Mark Mallory, mayor of Cincinnati from 2005 to 2013; and Ray LaHood, U.S. secretary of transportation between 2009 and 2013. Mallory proclaimed during this event that work on the Connector was “another part of our efforts to build a better Cincinnati.”

The Connector officially first went into service at noon on Friday, September 9, 2016. This opening was celebrated throughout that weekend with free rides for passengers.

The streetcars serving the Connector operate on a 3.6-mile (5.8-kilometer) loop. This route encompasses both the Banks, a neighborhood and mixed-use development along the Ohio River; and the city’s central business district.

Photo Credit: RickDikeman (licensed under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication license at https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en)

For more information on the Connector in Cincinnati, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connector_(Cincinnati)

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