About 2 weeks ago, the City of Cincinnati, Ohio shut down our beloved Cincinnati Bell Connector Streetcar for 3 months! Why? The streetcar (it never caught on very well) ridership dropped from 2000 people per week to about 200 riders because of "The Virus". So here 5 beautiful CAF Articulated Streetcars are out of business and lounge around in the Henry Street Car House doing nothing. Our sister city, Kansas City-Missouri never charged any fare to ride there streetcar from the get go. In the history of the Connector, the current Mayor of Cincinnati had shut it down when it was being built, but it cost more to stop the project and so they let the streetcar go to fruition. Kansas City Streetcar has had a robust success. They actually bought 2 more of the CAF Streetcars and they are in the planning stages of extending the line. I wouldn't doubt that in 3 months, the 5 Cincinnati's Streetcars will be sold to Kansas giving them 11 Cars to operate. Someone in the Cincinnati Council wanted to make the streetcar free, but that fell on deaf ears.
Also, The Bus Company, "Queen City Metro", let there buses be free about 3 weeks ago, so riders would have to enter and leave by the rear door. They roped off the first 6 seats of the bus, keeping passengers away from the bus driver. Well that lasted until last Monday when Queen City Metro started charging fares--again! The reason for this was as follows: Seems a few rowdy young passengers decided to use the Queen City Buses as a playhouse with loud music, dancing, and eating. That was it! The buses are no longer free. Very sad, the very people who really relied on "the free bus" to go to the pharmacy, doctor's office, hospital and the grocery lost there "free ride" because of a few inconsiderate kids. Also, the buses (that are operating) have had a Plexiglass Cage built around the operators to keep them isolated from the passengers.
Most of what I reported is factual except in my opinion, the streetcars might be sold to Kansas City.
Added to this blog on 04/20/2020. Nope, the Cincinnati Bell Connector Streetcar is not going anywhere out of Cincinnati, Ohio at least for many years as it is under contract with the City of Cincinnati to operate for at least 20 years which started in 2016. If the Streetcar Operator defaults on its contract and sells the cars to Kansas City, this would cause an immediate penalty and the people who run the streetcar would have to send the $150 million dollar loan (to build the line) back to the United States Government!
sincerely yours, railbear601
Stay tuned to this blog, will report to you what is going to happen to the Cincinnati Bell Connector Streetcar in 3 months?????