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5th, final streetcar arrives at noon Wednesday

Posted: 3:52 PM, May 03, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-04 10:42:09-04

CINCINNATI — The Queen City’s new family of modern streetcars will all be under the same roof, with the fifth and final vehicle scheduled to arrive around noon Wednesday.

According to City Manager Harry Black, the vehicle was originally expected to arrive from CAF USA’s manufacturing facility in Elmira, New York, sometime around 2 p.m. Wednesday. The arrival time could shift based on traffic conditions, Black said, and the city will tweet out a more precise time as the arrival draws nearer.

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The first of the city's five vehicles arrived at the streetcar's maintenance and operations facility on Henry Street on Oct. 30, with the other four arriving at several week intervals since.

WATCH footage of the first, modern streetcar hitting the city tracks for the first time in the player here:

 

In preparation for the final vehicle’s arrival in Over-the-Rhine, Race Street will close between Findlay Street and McMicken Avenue, and Henry Street will close between Elm and Race streets. On-street parking will also be restricted on Race Street during delivery.

Motorists and pedestrians should expect rolling closures along Liberty and Race streets as the streetcar nears the Henry Street Maintenance and Operations Facility.

Officials said it will take approximately 90 minutes for crews to unload the streetcar onto the tracks on Race Street.

As with the first vehicle, upon arrival streetcar no. 1179 will begin on-street testing in the days and weeks to follow. On-street testing will continue with each vehicle in the months leading up to the streetcar's service launch in early September 2016.

READ MORE: How'd the streetcar fare on first live test?

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