Cincinnati's Riverfront Transit Center Attracts Criticism

Project, completed in 2003, serves no regular purpose; future riverfront activity and a streetcar, however, could spur more use.

After losing a major initiative to expand rapid transit in Cincinnati, city leaders put together a $23 million waterfront transit center, which was built to serve the city’s two stadiums and a museum. Now, after five years of inactivity, some are questioning the underground complex’s value for the city. The perception that previous transit investments were undertaken poorly could ring a death knell for the construction of a new streetcar system that Cincinnati is currently considering.

Parallel to and a few blocks from the riverfront, the transit center is more like a tunneled roadway with parking spaces than a full-out station. The facility was constructed in conjunction with the opening of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Great American Ball Park, and Paul Brown Stadium,

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