This story was in the Dispatch last week. We can’t let them beat us to the punch!
Study: $114 million needed to make Cincinnati’s abandoned subway usable
Thursday, December 6, 2007
CINCINNATI (AP) — From time to time, city officials ponder what to do with the abandoned, unfinished subway tunnels that start downtown and go north for 2.2 miles.
A new study, the most comprehensive analysis of the subway in decades, recommends making some repairs and maintaining the side-by-side tunnels at a cost of $2.6 million over the next five years – a much cheaper option than reviving the subway for modern transit cars.
City engineers said in the study that it would cost about $100.5 million to make the tunnels usable for modern transit. Just filling in the tunnels would cost about $19.6 million.
Either way, the city would have to spend another $14 million to relocate a 52-inch water main placed in the southbound tunnel in the 1950s, and that could require a regionwide water rate increase.