Working Near Streetcar Tracks or Wires? You Must Have a "Track Access" Permit

Track access permit required for any work near Streetcar tracks or high-voltage wires

CINCINNATI – Effective Feb. 1, any contractor, utility or individual that needs to work within 7.5 feet of the center of the streetcar tracks or within 10 feet of the overhead wire system must have a “track access” permit from the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority. 

No one will be allowed to work within this streetcar operating/safety envelope without a track access permit. 

The track access permit is required in addition to other City of Cincinnati permits.  Applicants for a right of way permit or a building permit from the City of Cincinnati will automatically be directed to SORTA and its operating contractor Transdev for a track access permit if working near the streetcar system. City permits are invalid unless accompanied by a valid track access permit. Anyone seeking a track access permit must go through mandatory training before a permit will be granted. 

To obtain a track access permit or for more information, contact Phil Lind, Cincinnati Streetcar Transportation/Safety & Security Manager, at 513-206-7825, or Lauren Campbell, Administrative Manager, at 513-206-7827.

Be streetcar safe…

  • Look up, look out… the high-voltage overhead wire is always ON
  • Look and listen… streetcars are operating on the line
  • Park completely within the white lines and never park on the streetcar tracks… violators will be towed

Background:  Scheduled to open in September 2016, the Cincinnati Streetcar is intended to expand transportation options, stimulate development, and enhance livability by connecting downtown, the riverfront and Over the Rhine.  The Cincinnati Streetcar is owned and funded by the City of Cincinnati, managed by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, and operated by Transdev.               

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