April 11th, 2012 By Danny Cross | News | Posted In: Streetcar, Mayor, Public Transit

View Renderings of Cincinnati Streetcar

City chooses vehicle models and vendor


Mayor Mark Mallory last night announced during his State of the City address that the city has chosen the model and vendor for the first batch of streetcars.

The mayor's office today released details about the vendor, along with renderings of the streetcars Cincinnatians can expect to see traversing the 4-mile loop that will cover 18 stops connecting The Banks, Government Square, Fountain Square, Broadway Commons, the Gateway Quarter and Music Hall.

According to the release, the vendor, CAF USA, has produced light rail vehicles for Pittsburgh, Sacramento and Houston and streetcar vehicles for the international cities such as Besançon and Nantes, France; Belgrade, Serbia; Antalya, Turkey; Stockholm, Sweden; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Spanish cities Zaragoza, Granada, Sevilla, Bilbao and Vitoria.

Officials in February broke ground the Cincinnati Streetcar system, and the city hopes to add additional phases connecting the Uptown area near the University of Cincinnati once funding is secured.

The following are renderings released by the city:

04.11.2012 at 03:19 Reply

Danny, your article indicates that the streetcar route doesn't connect to the Banks. But what about the $10.9 M grant announced in December to extend the route? I think you need to fact-check here.


04.11.2012 at 04:29

Thanks, Ramsey. Forgot about that Fed cash...


04.11.2012 at 03:22 Reply

I was hoping for the battery-powered streetcars so that expensive, dangerous and ugly wires wouldn't have to be put over the streets. The pantographs in the pictures indicate that overhead wires are required but the article didn't eliminate the possibility of battery power.


04.11.2012 at 03:42

Batteries are dangerous, heavy, and expensive, especially over the long term as they need replacement. They are also very environmentally unfriendly.  They also may not be able to deliver the torque needed for the hills of Cincinnati.

Cables are an up front investment but are power-source agnostic and would allow the use of renewable energies as their use increases. Their unsightliness can be limited by careful placement of a trees, for example. Also, as regenerative braking is utilized, they would allow storage of the power back into the grid. Overall, there would be less losses as there interim battery storage would not be neccessary from the power grid. Of course, if there is a power outtage, the streetcars would not run. 


04.11.2012 at 08:34

I won't argue about the environmental impact of batteries; the reality is that there are going to be a lot more batteries in our future. Of course, as you mention, the streetcars could continue to run to the end of the line if there were a power failure.

Batteries have to be recharged and that power source is similar to the one powering the cables and can be just as renewable.

I think you that regenerative braking with batteries is more efficient than  a putting the excess energy back into the grid.


04.11.2012 at 04:45 Reply

Danny, does the streetcar not go all the way to Findlay Market, only as far as Music Hall?


04.12.2012 at 09:14

David, yes it will go all the way to Henry Street, just north of Findlay Market. The Uptown line would have connected at Race Street on the east side of the market, but funding was lost.