Cincinnati City Council to discuss streetcar project

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati's $128 million streetcar project is facing a new challenge and Cincinnati City Council is meeting Friday to work to get the project back on track.

The council is meeting at 2 p.m. to work to get the streetcar project back on schedule after Duke Energy said it wouldn't pay the $18.7 million tab for relocation utilities .

Duke officials said the price of the project—which includes moving natural gas, electric, chilled water and fiber lines—would be passed along to all Ohio customers, including those living outside Cincinnati.

Johnna Reeder, Duke's Vice-President of Community Relations and Economic Development, said on Wednesday that the company supports the streetcar, but that no work will be done until two issues are resolved.

"The first is safety concerns for our employees and for the riders of the streetcar," she said. The second is who pays the cost for the relocation of our infrastructure."

Duke will have a representative at the special meeting.

Stay with 9 News and WCPO.com for updates about the meeting as they become available.

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