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Council Wants Study Of Downtown And OTR Traffic Lights

The Cincinnati Bell "Connector."  The company paid $340,000 per year for 10 years for naming rights.
Jay Hanselman
The Cincinnati Bell "Connector." The company paid $340,000 per year for 10 years for naming rights.

Cincinnati Council is asking city administrators to move forward with a study of traffic signal timing in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.  

Supporters like Yvette Simpson said the proposal will benefit everyone. "To make sure all modes of transportation get through Downtown faster; buses, which are used by people who traditionally don't have vehicles and have to get to work faster, cars and streetcars," Simpson said.

The study could cost $300,000 and leftover streetcar construction money would be used to pay for it.  

Mayor John Cranley is opposed to the plan. "Now we're going to go hire some high-priced consultants to study the traffic lights and the original intent of the motion was to give the streetcar priority over commuters coming into Downtown," Cranley said. "I think it's a big waste of money."

The Federal Transit Administration would have to approve the spending and council also would have to provide the money in an ordinance.

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Jay Hanselman brings more than 10 years experience as a news anchor and reporter to 91.7 WVXU. He came to WVXU from WNKU, where he hosted the local broadcast of All Things Considered. Hanselman has been recognized for his reporting by the Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and the Ohio AP Broadcasters.