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Cincinnati Bell 'has concerns' about streetcar's underperformance

The Cincinnati Bell Connector sits outside the maintenance and operations facility in OTR.
Posted at 12:54 AM, Sep 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 15:49:12-04

CINCINNATI -- Not a fan of the Cincinnati Bell Connector? Even Cincinnati Bell itself is a little anxious about it, according to a statement released Friday night.

"Cincinnati Bell has concerns about the Streetcar’s performance, which we have shared with the City," a Cincinnati Bell spokesman wrote. "At this time, however, no decision has been made regarding our sponsorship."

The local telecommunications company pays $340,000 each year for the troubled public transit project to wear its colors and its logo. It’s part of of a 10-year contract meant to provide a total of $3.4 million in funding to streetcar operations. 

It’s also not enough, year to year, to save the streetcar from losing money. Transit officials who met in June projected a $400,000 deficit by the end of fiscal year 2020 unless the project was able to generate more revenue.