Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
The streetcar is a population circulator -- not a traditional form of mass transit. You'd still have to drive downtown and park somewhere along the streetcar line for it to be of any use to you. And, looking honestly at the line it runs on, unless you want to park in Clifton and take a 30 minute trolley ride downtown, any other place you'd park along the line would probably be within walking distance of the ballpark anyway.
If the issue was about getting people who live downtown to the Banks, maybe there would be a benefit to having the streetcar -- but there aren't enough middle class (read: consumers) residents living downtown to make a streetcar worthwhile.
The problem with mass transit is its very expensive to start. The city missed the boat by shutting down its subway project decades ago.
I would love to see mass transit make it in Cincinnati. I think the original plan is just the ground work that needs to be laid. In today's environment you can't go in with a massive project, you need to get the ball rolling and then expand. I think it would be great to have a street car connect OTR-Fountain Square-Riverfront Area-Casino-Mt Adams-Clifton-Newport-Covington. To start it may be a people mover but you need that start. Then the expansion would be nice to see it go out 74, Madison Rd, 71, 71 etc. But you can't have that if you don't have anything to connect it to.
As for the political impact its very dicey. I see a lot of validity in stopping the funding of the project. Its not just the money that will be received but also the money that the state and local governments will have to pay. With the state of today's local economy its a dicey proposition.