Upload

Loading icon Loading...

This video is unavailable.

FTA Refuses to Extend December Streetcar Deadline

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to like LOCAL 12's video.

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to dislike LOCAL 12's video.

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to add LOCAL 12's video to your playlist.

Published on Dec 16, 2013

CINCINNATI (Angenette Levy) -- The Federal Transit Administration declined a request from Mayor John Cranley Friday to extend a December 19 deadline for construction on the streetcar to resume before the agency pulls $44.9 million in funding. Mayor Cranley met with FTA administrator Peter Rogoff Friday morning. Rogoff later spoke with streetcar supporters Paul DeMarco and Ryan Messer by phone. The FTA has no objection to the operating costs of the Cincinnati streetcar being met by philanthropic or other third-party sources...those operating costs do not need to be identified until construction on the streetcar has been completed, meaning the mayor can utilize the next two years to identify those sources, said FTA spokesman Brian Farber. Mayor Cranley first announced Thursday that he would support streetcar construction if supporters could guarantee the estimated $4 million operating cost would be covered through private funding for 25 years. Cranley would not budge on his demand Friday. If the City builds the streetcar, it will be required by the federal government to operate the system for at least 25 years. Because of that requirement, others will have no incentive to contribute to the operating cost. Thus, a legally binding agreement to cover the systems operating costs with private funding must be in place before construction can continue, Mayor Cranley said in a statement. Some streetcar supporters were disappointed the deadline was not extended while others weren't surprised. I felt it was coming down in that direction, said Leon Spitz, a streetcar supporter who lives in Hyde Park. Spitz has been collecting signatures to place a charter amendment on the ballot and plans to collect more at the Crosstown Classic over the weekend.My plan for signatures, I'll gather as many I can. I believe in the cause. We need to move forward with it, Spitz said. Several volunteers collected signatures on Ludlow Ave. Friday night in Clifton's gaslight district. Mary Schubauer-Berigan and her husband have collected 175 signatures. They and others are hoping for a Christmas streetcar miracle. Hopefully there will be some action to make the balloting unnecessary but we can't count on that so we have to keep going and get signatures, Schubauer-Berigan said. Streetcar supporters hoped to collected 12,000 signatures by Saturday. They plan to collect signatures through December 17.Read a statement issued by streetcar supporters here.

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

The interactive transcript could not be loaded.

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

Ratings have been disabled for this video.
Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.

Loading icon Loading...

Loading...
Working...
to add this to Watch Later

Add to