Streetcar Construction Delay Could Mean Higher Costs

Jan 23, 2014

The decision to delay for a month work on Cincinnati's streetcar project amid a fight over its future could further raise the costs.

A subcontractor providing steel for the project took another job during the work stoppage, potentially delaying completion of a maintenance facility. Project executive John Deatrick says he will not discuss specific cost increases. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says he opposes more spending, so project leaders must find a solution within the current 133 million dollar budget. They'll have to decide whether to wait for the subcontractor or hire another steel fabricator. Meanwhile project planners say fares will likely start at one-dollar-75-cents for two hours of riding time when the streetcar opens to the public.