Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "It's a go: Streetcar finally opens" from Cincinnati.com
Cincinnati's long-awaited streetcar opened its doors to the public at noon on Friday, and began running along the 3.6-mile loop through Downtown and Over-the-Rhine. It was the first time in 65 years Cincinnati had an operating streetcar.
It was a festive atmosphere in Washington Park as 1,000 people gathered for the opening day ceremony, even before the speakers hit the stage after 10 a.m. A rainy day, initially, yielded to overcast skies and later sunshine by the late morning.
With a backdrop of Music Hall and streetcar vehicles, 14 politicians, administrators and streetcar champions told attendees how the streetcar's opening was a remarkable moment in Cincinnati's history.
Former Mayor Mark Mallory and other champions of the streetcar – officially known as the Cincinnati Bell Connector – touted it as a "transformational" project that has overcome multiple political and funding hurdles over the past decade.
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