UPDATE: After public comment and a few hours of debate, Cincinnati City Council voted 5 to 4 to suspend construction on the streetcar, as expected. The plan is to hire an outside firm to analyze the cost of finishing the project versus the cost of cancelling it altogether.

Councilwoman Yvette Simpson introduced a motion to put the issue of finishing the streetcar to Cincinnati voters, possibly this coming spring.


( Cincinnati ) - Mayor John Cranley and the newly elected members of Cincinnati City Council were sworn in on Sunday, and on Wednesday, they're expected to pass a series of measures that will suspend construction on the streetcar.

Most streetcar supporters equate suspension with cancellation, but officially, the 11 ordinances up for their third and final reading will pause construction while an independent review of the cost is conducted. Members of the anti-streetcar majority on council have said they don't trust numbers from the previous administration saying the cost to cancel is roughly the same as the cost to finish the $133 million project.

Council members Chris Smitherman, Charlie Winburn, Amy Murray, Kevin Flynn, and David Mann are expected to vote for the suspension. PG Sittenfeld, Chris Seelbach, Wendell Young, and Yvette Simpson want to keep the project going.

Simpson has been talking about trying to get an issue on the ballot. Anti-street car ballot issues were defeated in both 2009 and 2011.

Today's council meeting starts at 2pm.