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Transportation secretary announces $23M coming to Ohio



Published: Thu, December 15, 2011 @ 1:33 p.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) — More than $23 million in federal funds are coming for public transportation projects in Cleveland and Cincinnati.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood had a news conference today in Cincinnati to make the announcement of the grants. Transportation officials say there will be $12.5 million for the Mayfield Road transit station in Cleveland and $10.9 million for Cincinnati’s streetcar.

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and other supporters say the streetcar project will spur downtown development. The city has $95 million in funding before the new grant but is seeking more money to expand route construction.

Voters in November rejected an issue aimed at halting streetcar construction. Opponents of the streetcar say it’s wasteful and will accomplish little.

Meanwhile, Gov. John Kasich plans an economic development announcement at a company just east of Cincinnati.


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1mark(60 comments)posted 3 years ago

Would be nice if Youngstown could see some federal funds like this. Perhaps for a third lane addition for the remainder of I-680 north of South Avenue? It would be a great opportunity to bring construction jobs to the Valley; and from an engineering perspective, bring the highway up to current Interstate Highway Standards, eliminating the congestion and hazardous curves.

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2redeye1(4687 comments)posted 3 years ago

This area gets enough federal funds through welfare monies. So don't hold your breathe waiting for any more money. Also Obama knows this area will vote for him again. Why should he waste sending money here, after all he's trying to buy votes here in Ohio a swing state.

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3AtownAugie(715 comments)posted 3 years ago

Looks like The Vindy will not be giving Timmy a Christmas present article congratulating him on "bringin' home the bacon." Oh wait: they used all their ink on that when his then girlfriend's mom got him appointed to the appropriations committee. Likewise for the armed services committee. And the budget committee. And his promise of how these plum assignments will give him “the opportunity to make sure that the 17th District receives the federal investments necessary to continue moving out of the recession"? I'm sure he will get that done during his *next* two-year term.

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