February 2015

What’s New · Cincinnati Streetcar Construction

Rendering of future Public Library station at the Main Library.

streetcar map

Construction of the first phase of the Cincinnati Streetcar project is now underway downtown. This phase of the streetcar route is 3.6 miles long and loops from Second Street (at the Banks) to Henry Street (north of Findlay Market in Over the Rhine). This route will take the streetcar directly past the Main Library as it travels south on Walnut Street.

The City of Cincinnati has released a rendering of the Public Library station at the Main Library. The concrete work at the Public Library station has been completed. The shelter and railings (as show in in the rendering to the right) are expected to be completed in spring 2015. A handicap ramp is expected to be installed at the SW corner of Walnut and Ninth Streets in the spring of 2015.

Please note: The stoop now installed at the Public Library station has a higher curb than the rendering (pictured) due to a recent change in the height of the curb from the City of Cincinnati. The streetcar will now feature a low floor vehicle that can be boarded directly from the station’s curb without a ramp.

Parking Options

Garage/Lot Location Exact Address Distance to Library
Garfield Garage Ninth Street between Race and Vine 13 W. Ninth St. ½ block
All Pro Parking Garage Ninth Street between Main and Walnut 160 E. Ninth St. ½ block
ABM Parking Lot Corner of Ninth Street and Walnut 910 Walnut St. 1 block
Central Parking Lot Corner of Seventh Street and Vine 710 Vine St. 2 blocks
All Pro Parking Lot Corner of Seventh and Vine 705 Vine St. 2 blocks

Complimentary handicap parking is available in the North parking lot of the Main Library located on Ninth Street just past Walnut Street to the right.

For more parking options, visit downtowncincinnati.com/exploring-downtown/downtown-cincinnati-parking.

What You Can Expect

Once work begins in the street in a particular area, there will be several phases of construction requiring periodic lane restrictions or road closures.

Utility Work

A single block can require several utility contractors to be in the street consecutively to move electric and gas lines, upgrade sewer or water pipes, or install telecommunication wires. This can take several weeks or months, depending on the extent of the work required.

Track Work

This process generally takes 4 weeks. First, construction crews must dig a trench. Then, they lay a base of gravel, followed by laying the frames and rails and inserting a rubber boot around them. Finally, crews finish by placing a concrete bed around the rails.

Track work around the Library is complete.

Sidewalk and Curb Work

Along the route, there are 18 stops. Signs and shelters must be built into the sidewalks. In some areas, curbs will be re-built with ramps to accomodate level boarding for streetcar passengers.

Sidewalk and curb work is expected to be completed by spring 2015.

Questions about street closures and lane restrictions

Visit CincinnatiStreetcar.com for construction updates or to register for email updates. You can also call the City of Cincinnati (513-352-3333) or connect with them via Facebook or Twitter.