Cincinnati streetcar project delayed again

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- The new Cincinnati streetcar project has been delayed again. Now the city is saying it won't be ready for riders until the spring of 2016.

City officials have touted the $110-million-plus project as a way to attract new businesses, visitors and residents to the revitalized downtown. Opponents, however, say it's a costly endeavor that will do little for the city.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/ZjAZRQ ) reports that the streetcar's schedule has been pushed back several times over the past three years. The latest timetable is outlined in construction bid documents recently issued by city hall.

Two ballot measures drafted by streetcar opponents slowed the process, even though Cincinnati voters rejected efforts to scuttle the project.

The 3.6-mile streetcar will run from the downtown riverfront to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com