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Judge denies unions' request to delay awarding of Cincinnati streetcar contract

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CINCINNATI — A judge has denied two unions' request to delay the Cincinnati streetcar operations contract from being awarded by a transit authority.

Hamilton County Judge Steven Martin ruled Thursday after a hearing in the lawsuit filed by the Cincinnati branch of the Amalgamated Transit Union and the local AFL-CIO.

The Amalgamated Transit Union wants to run the streetcar and has sought to prevent the contract from going to a private company.

Messages seeking comment from the unions weren't immediately returned Thursday.

The lawsuit against the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority and the city sought to delay the transit authority's plans to award the contract next Monday. The lawsuit alleged the city hasn't kept promises about how the process of awarding the contract would be handled.

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