Cincinnati streetcar project: First rail installed Tuesday on Elm Street

CINCINNATI -- The first rails for the streetcar project have been lifted into place on Elm Street in front of Music Hall.

Mayor Mark Mallory gave the signal to a crane operator to install the first streetcar rail.

Construction crews will install the rail into the track bed on Elm Street between 12th and 14th streets near Music Hall.

About 12 pieces of rail are scheduled to arrive at the site Tuesday morning.

City officials say the pieces are about 90 feet long and weigh about 9,000 pounds each.

While the rails are being set in place, crews will work on utility and track bed preparation throughout Over-the-Rhine and the Central Business District.

The streetcar project is scheduled to have 17 stops and will travel from Over-the-Rhine to the Banks.

Officials say the loop will be operational by June 2015 and a full rollout of the project will be completed in 2016.

The estimated cost for travel on the streetcar will meet the Metro rate of $1.75.

Elm Street will be closed from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. between 12th and 14th streets.

All sidewalks and crosswalks will remain open.


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