Cincinnati streetcar to conduct live tests in Central Business District

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati streetcar will get its first live-power vehicle test in the Central Business District on Tuesday.

Crews will be checking several issues including clearance measures and traffic signals during the test.

The streetcar will be allowed to cross traffic and will have to go a little earlier following its own signal.

The test starts at 10 a.m. and will take place along Central Parkway, Walnut, Second, Main, 12th and Race streets. It will include a police escort in front and back of the streetcar.

Each car is required to log 300 hours of on-track testing before its deemed safe.

There are no road closures but drivers are cautioned to give the vehicle extra room and stopping time.

Another test this month will have the streetcar operate along the full route.

The streetcar is expected to begin service in September 2016.

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