It's just a test...Cincinnati Streetcar emergency exercise on June 16

This exercise is part of the safety certification for the Cincinnati Streetcar system.

CINCINNATI – On Thursday, June 16 from 10 a.m. until about 2 p.m., Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority and Transdev staff will take part in a Cincinnati Streetcar full-scale emergency exercise.

The training exercise scenario will be a service-related emergency that includes local police, fire and other emergency response organizations. The exercise will be held outside the Cincinnati Streetcar Maintenance & Operating Facility (MOF) on Henry Street in Over the Rhine, next to Rhinegeist.

The public should be aware that this is only an exercise; do not to be alarmed by sirens and other activities around the exercise location.

The exercise is part of the safety certification for the Cincinnati Streetcar system.  There have also been tabletop-style exercises related to streetcar incidents this spring as the system prepares for revenue service on Sept. 9.

This full-scale exercise will provide an opportunity to test procedures so that all affected parties are better prepared in case of an emergency.

Background:  Opening in September 2016, the Cincinnati Streetcar connects The Banks and riverfront, downtown and Over the Rhine.  The Cincinnati Streetcar is owned and funded by the City of Cincinnati. The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority manages the streetcar under contract with the City of Cincinnati. Transdev handles day-to-day operations and maintenance activities under contract to SORTA 

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MEDIA ONLY NOTE:  Media are welcome to attend the exercise.  To observe, media should report at the MOF by 9:15 a.m. to register and be escorted to the observation area.  For media who want to participate in the exercise, the incident commander will establish a media staging area during the exercise.  

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