Modern streetcar to be on display in downtown Cincinnati through 11/10

If you have not been one of the hundreds of Cincinnatians to make the trip to Portland to see modern streetcars in action, or visit one of the many global cities with them in operation, then tomorrow is a great chance to see one up close and in person.

City officials sent out a message late Thursday stating that the first modern streetcar made in America since the 1930’s will be on display at 5th and Walnut streets in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, November 5 from 1pm to 7pm. Those who are unable to check it out for themselves on Friday will have another chance from 11am to 7pm daily through Wednesday, November 10.

“This is a perfect opportunity to pierce the veil of misunderstanding about what our city is trying to do with this project,” streetcar supporter John Schneider stated in an email.

City officials do note that while the Cincinnati Streetcar may end up being this particular model, the final decision on that has yet to be made, but they say that it will give a great idea for what to expect once Cincinnati’s modern streetcar system is operating in 2013.

The mayor is expected to hold a news conference at 1pm on Friday to discuss the project and this type of streetcar model. After the streetcar leaves Cincinnati it will make its way to Portland to join their existing streetcar fleet.

  • Patrick

    Is this going to coincide with the groundbreaking?

  • I don’t believe so Patrick, but you never know what Mayor Mallory has up his sleeve.

  • Aaron

    Does anyone know the company that makes the streetcar?

  • Yes.

    United Streetcar. They are based in Clackamas, Oregon.

  • They did say they were going to begin moving utilities in advance of street work this November, and its November…..

  • Rob

    I will definitely be taking a break from work and stepping out to Fountain Square to see this press conference. Excited to see what the Mayor has planned. You KNOW there has to be something more!

  • Bob

    I want to see this thing! I’m sure this will open the eyes to many people of what is a modern streetcar.