21 Oct Validate Ticket to Ride Cincinnati Bell Connector (Cincy Streetcar)
Colleen Cully: I think it’s kind of cool. It moves pretty quick too. I didn’t think it would get us from Findlay Market all the way down here to the Banks as fast as it did.
Colleen Cully is taking her first ride on Cincy’s Streetcar officially known as the Cincinnati Bell Connector. Colleen grew up in the Queen City and now she and hubby Grant live in Hilton Head South Carolina. The Cully’s were in town for a Bengals game but picked a rainy weekday at lunch time to ride the city’s new mode of transportation which opened September 9th.
The 148 million dollar project survived controversy and delays. Ridership has been exceptional according to Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority’s Brandy Jones. She says the streetcar provided more than 120 thousand rides in the first two weeks.
Jones: It’s been 65 years since the last street cars rode on Cincinnati Streets. So we’re very thrilled to see some back in action on Cincinnati streets and they look quite different .They’re very modern.
The streetcar operates on a 3.6 mile loop. It connects the riverfront, downtown and Over the Rhine. There are 18 stops along the route and ticket vending machines as well. Jones recommends using the app called Cincy easy ride but says if you prefer to purchase a ticket be sure to activate it.
And you do that by putting it into the validator slot and that will stamp your card either with the two hour time frame of when you started riding or letting it know you are purchasing a day pass and the day you are riding. That is a very important final step to do before boarding because there are fare inspectors aboard.
Each vehicle is 77 feet long with 38 seats and room for 116 people to stand. Passengers on this day including Nick Eads, Teri Dean and Chris Farnsworth all seem to be enjoying the ride.
We did this today just to try it out for fun for lunch because we’re gonna go to OTR. We don’t usually go that far. It made me think I’d go to parts of the city I don’t normally go to. I’ve ridden several times. Brought my family down on opening weekend and it was great. It’s super easy. And I can see it revitalizing things.