Key vote set for future of Cincinnati streetcar

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati's city council is set to vote Wednesday whether to immediately halt spending on the city's $133 million streetcar project.

The vote could signal the end of the streetcar, which has been under construction for months at a cost of more than $23 million and counting.

The pivotal vote comes just three days after new Mayor John Cranley was sworn into office.

Cranley campaigned on a promise to stop the streetcar, and he's wasted no time lining up a vote on the issue.

He argues it's too expensive. Supporters say the project is too far along to stop now and that it will be an economic boon.

City residents weighed in at two special city council meetings Monday and Tuesday, with the vast majority urging members to finish the project.