Cincinnati (Northeast Corridor)
Cincinnati Northeast Corridor
The corridor extends from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport/Florence area north through downtown Covington, Kentucky, and downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Mason, Ohio, Paramount's Kings Island Amusement Park in Warren County, Ohio. This 33-mile corridor paralleling I-71 generally runs in a northeasterly direction, and so is referred to as the Northeast Corridor or I-71 Corridor Study. Alternatives being evaluated include No Build, TSM, HOV Lanes, Busway and Light Rail.
The capital cost of the light rail alternative, based on second level screening evaluation, is $1.2 billion (escalated dollars) for the entire 33-mile corridor.
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (the metropolitan planning organization) is conducting a Major Investment Study (MIS) for this corridor. The locally preferred alternative is scheduled for selection in January 1997, after which it will be the subject of another public involvement phase.
The MIS is scheduled for completion in April 1997. The current schedule anticipates initiation of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) preparation and Preliminary Engineering in June 1997.
Through FY 1997, Congress has appropriated $6.5 million for the corridor study.