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Council Considers Putting Streetcar Project on Hold

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Published on Dec 4, 2013

CINCINNATI (Angenette Levy) -- Will this be the day that we look back on as the end of Cincinnati's streetcar?Supporters make a last-minute push at a council meeting still underway at city hall. As Local 12's Angenette Levy reports, hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars hang in the balance. There is yet another twist in the streetcar saga. Vice Mayor David Mann had a question about the offer from a private donor to pay for 7 days of streetcar construction at a rate of 35,000 dollars a day. Local 12 has been told construction costs 100,000 dollars a day at the rate it's going. Supporters want construction to continue on the project while an independent study of the cost to cancel versus the cost to finish the project is conducted. Council member Yvette Simpson said she received the offer from a private donor. While John Cranley said he's talked to the companies building the streetcar about keeping to cost of delaying the project down by doing work that would need to be done whether the project moves forward or is shut down. Wednesday the acting city manager said the cost to delay the project for 30 days could cost between 2.5 million and 3.5 million per day. Cranley said that cost can be kept down. Before council started debating they heard more comments for the project for and against.Local 12 News reporter Angenette Levy spoke to council woman Amy Murray. She said this is the first she's hearing about the offer from a private donor to assist with construction costs for seven days. She said she doesn't think the study will take a month. She thinks it can be finished in a week or two, possibly before Christmas.

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