Cincinnati’s long-planned proposal to build a streetcar line advanced last week despite opposition from Ohio’s new Republican governor, John Kasich. Mayor Mark Mallory announced last week that the city would begin work on the $95 million, four-mile first segment of the line.

The announcement comes despite Kasich’s rejection of federal funds for the project and after a state transportation panel followed the governor’s recommendation to deny the city $52 million in expected state funding. Mallory said the city will move forward with the first section of the project with the $99.5 million of money already secured.

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