Tuesday, March 19, 2013

One month of radio silence on Streetcar

It was Friday, February 11 that the City of Cincinnati received bids for laying the tracks for the Streetcar system.  The bids came in some $37 million over budget just weeks after the City placed its non-revokable order for the streetcars from Spain at a cost of $20 million.

Immediately, the City Manager and Mayor were issuing press statements that "all is well" and we were, as a citizenry, to remain calm.  It was, as always, well in hand.

That week, they promised us they would be re-working the numbers and reporting back to us soon.  In the meantime, the City passed the parking plot, and voters and the media have been distracted with that new shiny object.

Now, it has been more than a month since the latest Streetcar crisis and...nothing.

And all the while, the City fiddles in re-working yet another time the Streetcar project, figuring out just how they can save face, save money and save the all important Cincinnati Streetcar project...from itself.

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