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Decision on Cincinnati streetcar operator could require difficult choices if cost too high


CINCINNATI — Cincinnati's streetcar's system could require some difficult choices as city and transit authority officials try to determine who will operate it and what it will cost.

The project has encountered opposition for years over expenses.

Officials will be deciding whether to pick an outside firm with experience running passenger trains or local union members who could be more expensive.

The city council isn't willing to pay more than $4.2 million a year to run the system. The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports City Councilwoman Amy Murray says difficult choices may have to be made if the contract comes through higher than that.

The decision on who will run the system is due by July and any delay in choosing an operator could also delay the streetcar startup scheduled for September 2016.

Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,

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