With much of contingency fund used, Cincinnati mayor says streetcar budget will be trimmed


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CINCINNATI — Cincinnati's mayor says the city manager will work with leaders of the streetcar project to trim costs after learning most of the construction contingency fund has been spent, though only about one-third of the project is completed.

Mayor John Cranley tells The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/12yaRGE ) that if the project leaders can't execute it on time and under budget, a new team is needed. He says the city's approach must be based on more than luck, and the budget for the project needs pruning.

Those aren't surprising comments from Cranley, who tried to kill the streetcar and vowed no additional city operating funds will be used for it.

The 3.6-mile project is slated to cost about $148 million. The streetcar line is scheduled to open in September 2016.

Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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