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Transportation systems scaled back, others suspended amid spread of coronavirus

CINCINNATI — The city’s streetcar, bike share and electric scooter rental joined other public transportation systems that have taken a hit as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the Tri-State.

In his daily briefing Monday afternoon, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley announced he and Health Director Melba Moore decided to suspend the three services “until this emergency is over,” amid concerns that using them could perpetuate the virus’ spread.

“We are closing the streetcar during this time to protect the public from increased exposure risks to COVID-19, which can survive on metal surfaces that are routinely used by streetcar riders,” Cranley said. “Similarly, we are shutting down bike share and scooters because it is virtually impossible to make sure they are clean between each ride.”

Streetcar crews had initiated additional cleaning protocols, but the potential risk as well as a steep drop in ridership pushed Cranley to close it down.

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