Hearing called on Cincinnati streetcar project

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati city official has called a public hearing to get some answers about the troubled downtown streetcar project.

Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls planned the hearing for Monday night to get an update on the status of the much-delayed project.

WCPO-TV (http://bit.ly/14G3AnJ ) reports that Qualls is asking the city administration to explain both the full costs of moving forward with the project and what it would cost the city if the project was scrapped.

The city manager announced in a memo earlier this month that construction bids were millions higher than expected. He also said that if construction doesn’t start soon, the project might have to be re-bid.

The price tag for the streetcar and 3.6-mile track is already estimated at $133 million.

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Information from: WCPO-TV, http://www.wcpo.com

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