CINCINNATI — For the first time in more than half a century, an electric streetcar rolled through the streets of Cincinnati on Sunday.
From 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., officials orchestrated a “dead-pull” as part of ongoing testing of streetcar facilities. A dead-pull test means the vehicle is towed along the track without the overhead cables supplying power.
According to city spokesman Rocky Merz, the test is meant to measure clearance between the vehicle and the 3.6-mile route’s 18 station stops and assess how smoothly the vehicle runs on the track.
“We now enter the testing phase of the project, which means pedestrians and drivers will have to get used to navigating this new transportation infrastructure,” Merz said. Testing on all five vehicles will continue throughout next year, leading up to the September 2016 service launch.
Sunday’s dead-pull test was a preview a live-power test tentatively scheduled for next week in the route’s Over-the-Rhine loop.
City leaders and local media were invited to tour the new streetcar vehicle Friday afternoon: