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1 Ohio Planning Conference Transportation Connects Ohio July 15-16, 2014 Cincinnati Streetcar = Transportation + Economic Development?

2 Phase 1A: 3.6 mile route single track in shared right-of-way Embedded T-Rail Three TPSS 18 station stops MOF at Henry Street minute headways Five car fleet Level boarding

3 CINCINNATI STREETCAR WHY A STREETCAR? MAKING A PLAN. GETTING IT DONE. WHERE WE ARE TODAY? ARE WE ALREADY RECEIVING BENEFITS? WHAT COMES NEXT?

4 WHY? DECLINING POPULATION

5 NEGATIVELY IMPACTS TAX BASE

6 WHAT WE NEED: DEVELOPMENT Major redevelopmentReinvestment in the historic infrastructure

7 RAIL – A COMPETITIVE NECESSITY:

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9 COMPETITIVE NECESSITY: OTHER CITIES’ COMMITMENTS

10 MAKING A PLAN FINDING THE SOLUTION

11 15 plans & studies since 1998 have included streetcar: Conceptual Bus Staging and Light Rail Transit Alternatives, 1998 I-71 Corridor Transportation Study Major Investment Study, 1998 Eastern Corridor Major Investment Study, 1999 Central Riverfront Urban Design Master Plan, 2000 Cincinnati Riverfront Transit Rail Study, 2001 Central Area Loop Study, 2001 MetroMoves Regional Transit Plan, 2002 I-71 Preliminary Engineering/ Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Light Rail Transit, Revised 2003 North South Transportation Initiative (NSTI), 2004 GO Cincinnati, 2008 OTR Comprehensive Plan, 2002 Uptown Transportation Study Cincinnati Climate Protection Plan, 2008 OKI Long Range Plan Plan Cincinnati, 2012 THE PLAN(S)

12 HOW DOES STREETCAR HELP?

13 VISION: UPTOWN TO THE RIVER Links major employment centers & attractions Fosters sustainable development in strategic areas including reuse of historic buildings Attracts new residents Creates jobs, expands tax base

14 FEASIBILITY STUDY – 2007

15 OVER-THE-RHINE FROM THE AIR

16 VACANT LAND = OPPORTUNITY 92 acres of land devoted to parking within 3 blocks of Phase 1a route

17 VACANT BUILDINGS = OPPORTUNITY

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19 Source: CAGIS 2014 Actual Trends in Development

20 Source: CAGIS 2014 Actual Trends in Development

21 GETTING IT DONE

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23 WHERE WE ARE TODAY WORK IN PROGRESS

24 Major Contractors City Managed Design – Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) Vehicles – CAF Construction – Messer/Prus/Delta Railroad JV Construction Management – City of Cincinnati Vehicle Inspection & PM – LTK Engineering Construction Estimating – ME Companies SORTA Managed O&M – TRA Safety & Security – Lomarado Group

25 Budget Status May 31, 2014 Expenditures (Appendix A): – $41.7 M expended (not including Duke escrow) – $81.4 M remains encumbered. Grant Drawdowns (Appendix D): – $7.8 M of the $44.91 Million in total federal funds drawn. Contingency Usage (Appendix B): – $1.95 M expended, $1.0 M pending – $6.5 M remaining

26 Construction Schedule Status Change Order #5 incorporated City Council-mandated Stop Work Order impacts on contract milestones City and MPD are “re-baselining” construction schedule to reflect updated utility schedules and vehicle delivery dates Revenue Service still on schedule for September 2016

27 Construction Status Track Completed Through Jun 30 Scheduled- Jul-Aug 2014 Henry St. MOF track, Race St. – Henry to Elder Aug-Dec 2014 Henry St. MOF track, Race St. – Henry to Elder Aug-Dec th & Race Diamond Jun 30-Aug th & Race Diamond Jun 30-Aug 15 Race St. – Findlay to Elder Closure Sep 22–Oct 3 (tent.) Race St. – Findlay to Elder Closure Sep 22–Oct 3 (tent.) Walnut Street trackwork Starts Aug 11 Walnut Street trackwork Starts Aug 11

28 Stop #8 - 4/14/14

29 Bending Rail on Henry Street at Elm 4/15/2014

30 Elm to Henry Street curve - 4/15/2014

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33 Streetcar is also driving a systematic update to all infrastructure. Along with Duke Energy’s ongoing update to most of their gas facilities and many of their electric facilities, and a similar effort by Cincinnati Bell, Cincinnati Water Works, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, will insure that Downtown, Over- The-Rhine, and much of the surrounding area will be in excellent shape and ready for the future.

34 Utilities Duke Electric – approx. 70% complete Duke Gas – Approx. 80% complete Cincinnati Bell – 99% complete, few minor manhole adjustments Water – 75% complete Level 3 – Approx. 90% complete Chilled Water – 100% complete Time Warner Cable – Approx. 10% complete MSD (Sewer) – Approx. 75% complete Level 3 – Approx. 90% complete Chilled Water – 100% complete Time Warner Cable – Approx. 10% complete MSD (Sewer) – Approx. 75% complete

35 Duke Energy Electric Utility work on Main Street 5/15/2014 One lane of traffic, one lane of metered parking

36 Vehicles LTK Buy America Review – May 2014 – No major issues – BA% increased from 63.73% to 64.23% City, LTK, CAF continued to monitor schedule in June – First carshells scheduled to ship to Elmira end of July 2014; arrive mid-August – First truck units to ship to Elmira in September 2014 – Potential Elmira plant visit September Upcoming tests: – FAI – truck frame dimensional controlJuly 16 – Traction Inverter Qualification TestJuly – Auxiliary Converter Qualification TestJuly 18 – FAI – Upper & Lower ArticulationJuly 24 – Carbody Structural (Static Load) TestAugust 5-7

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38 Community Involvement

39 Construction Phase Community Involvement Business, citizens get information about street and lane closures through a variety methods: – Personal visit by a member of the team – Attendance at DCI/Police Sector Meetings – Streetcar Hotline:(513) – Streetcar website:www.cincinnatistreetcar.com (all media and press releases)www.cincinnatistreetcar.com – Roadmapcincy website: (all construction in central business district andhttp://www.roadmapcincy.com/ – Social media (twitter, City of Cincinnati Facebook page) – Media Interviews – Briefings at multiple community and business organizations – Business Outreach Sessions

40 Operations & Maintenance Operating Agreement – SORTA and City staff working groups – Division of responsibilities O&M Planning – RFP development underway Education and Outreach – Preliminary plan outline being refined – Brand identity development RFP to be issued soon

41 Current Status City owns the assets (e.g. streetcar vehicles and the Maintenance and Operations Facility) and is responsible for construction. SORTA is the FTA grantee, responsible for the overall operations of the streetcar, including startup and reporting on these operations to the FTA, SORTA also provides safety and security oversight. 41

42 Current Status SORTA intends to hire an O&M Contractor to conduct the day to day operations of the streetcar and is currently in the process of developing the O&M RFP SORTA continues to update the O&M Budget to address new information as the project comes to fruition (e.g. updated vehicle spare part costs, training requirements) Some costs are dependent on the outcome of the O&M IGA. 42

43 Questions? John Deatrick Project Executive City Manager’s Office City of Cincinnati Paul Grether Manager Rail Services SORTA


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