Best Of 2021

Best Streetcar Surprise: Cincinnati Streetcar (aka Cincinnati Bell Connector) became free to ride, forever, starting Nov. 1, 2020

The Cincinnati Streetcar (aka Cincinnati Bell Connector) became free to ride, forever, starting Nov. 1, 2020. The road to get there was convoluted, with Mayor Cranley saying the streetcar mostly benefits wealthy downtown residents at the expense of the city’s working poor, who still have to pay for bus fare. Other Cincinnati City Council members said going fare-free (and using CARES Act funding to offset ticket revenue) would make the streetcar more successful. Streetcar passenger service was suspended during the beginning days of the pandemic but continued to run without passengers — as a “zombie streetcar” — to keep it operable. cincinnati-oh.gov/streetcar.