MEDIA CONTACT: Rocky Merz, 513.368.1620 or Ursula Miller, 513.250.5171
CINCINNATI – There will be brief, rolling closures along the entire 3.6-mile streetcar route Sunday, Nov. 8, as crews tow the vehicle between Over-the-Rhine and The Banks as part of the system’s 'dead-pull' test. This test will start at 8:30 a.m. and last until approximately 5:00 p.m.
In case of inclement weather, the test will take place at the same time Monday, Nov. 9.
Police escorts will travel in front of and behind the vehicle to alert motorists. The closures will be in place just long enough to allow the vehicle to be towed through intersections. The vehicle will stop at each station beginning on Race Street at Findlay Market to allow engineers to take a variety of measurements and record other alignment details to determine if any adjustments are needed.
During the test, in order to ensure the safety of the workers and general public, pedestrians in the area of the streetcar should remain on the sidewalk.
“The arrival of the first streetcar represents a major milestone for the project, which remains on time and on budget, however, a lot must be done before passenger service begins. We now enter the testing phase of the project, which means pedestrians and drivers will have to get used to navigating this new transportation infrastructure,” Said Rocky Merz, Spokesperson for Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black.
Crews have been testing the tracks and overhead power system for several months using a small model vehicle. The test is called a dead pull because the streetcar vehicle is towed without the overhead contact system supplying power. The dead pull allows crews to measure clearances between the vehicle and the route’s 18 stations stops, as well as observe how smoothly it moves through track switches. The first “live-power” test is tentatively planned later next week on the Over-the-Rhine loop.
The 3.6-mile route stretches south along Race Street in OTR to Central Parkway, to Walnut in the Central Business District to Second Street at The Banks, up Main to 12th to Elm in OTR to Henry Street just north of Findlay Market.
Parking is prohibited in the curb lane in front of or behind station stops to allow room for the streetcar to maneuver without obstruction. Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to heed these restrictions. Vehicles in these areas will be towed.
Basic Streetcar Safety
- don’t cross in front of moving streetcar
- stop & look
- always look both ways
- obey all signs & traffic signals
- cross only at designated crosswalks
This first vehicle arrived in Cincinnati from the CAF USA assembly plant in Elmira, NY, on Friday, Oct. 30. The four remaining vehicles in the five-car fleet are scheduled to be delivered to Cincinnati between December and February. Each vehicle is required to log 300 hours of on-track testing before it can receive safety certification from state and federal authorities. Passenger service is expected to begin in September 2016.
Other Streetcar Work
The westbound lanes of 12th Street remain closed from Vine to Race today, so crews may adjust overhead power wires at 12th and Race. Traffic on Republic Street will be allowed to exit onto eastbound 12th to Vine. Work begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 6:00 p.m. Detour signage is posted.