CMC debate on streetcars
Columbus, OH – Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman first floated the concept of streetcars during his 2006 State of the City address. After public hearings and study by workgroups and consultants, details were unveiled earlier this year. How to pay the estimated $103 million for the 2.8 mile line along High Street between downtown and the OSU campus area has sparked the most debate recently, especially from city council members. The administration this fall plans to send council a request to pay for consultants to amend some streetcar specifics, with a revised financing plan expected in about six months. But a Columbus Metropolitan Club forum on streetcars showed there's still some who object to the idea altogether - while supporters maintain inaction by the city would set the region back. Mike Foley reports.