Sales of streetcar fare cards generate $50K to help cover system's 1st-year operating costs

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CINCINNATI — Commemorative fare cards for Cincinnati's streetcar system have generated $50,000 since going on sale last week.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/13mtUUH ) reports that more than 1,000 of the 1,500 metallic cards produced have been sold. The newspaper reports that total sales were projected to generate up to $73,750 to help cover streetcar operating costs for the first year.

The cards bearing the streetcar system's new logo are designed as collector's items. They are available in amounts of $25, $50 and $100.

The sales come at a time when the project's construction contingency fund is low.

Streetcar executive John Deatrick recently told a city council committee that most of the project's $9.7 million contingency fund has been spent.

The line isn't expected to begin running until September 2016.

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