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Federal Funding Held Pending Council Decision on Streetcar Debate
CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- A packed house at Cincinnati City Hall pleads with city council not to kill the streetcar.
Members of Cincinnati's new city council take the first steps Monday afternoon to suspend construction of the streetcar.
Federal money is also on hold. Local 12's Jeff Hirsh reports from what has been a contentious first meeting for the new council.
The Federal Transit Authority has told the city of Cincinnati that they are suspending all federal money for the Streetcar until Cincinnati decides what to do.
The Feds seem to be getting their answer.
The streetcar is opposed by the new city council majority. They wasted little time in showing it.
In a series of bitter votes, 5 to 4 each, a council committee voted to suspend streetcar spending while a cost-benefit analysis is done.