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Cincinnati's streetcar plan clears utility hurdle

By By AMANDA LEE MYERS

CINCINNATI (AP) — City leaders in Cincinnati and a power company have agreed to let a judge decide who should have to pay roughly $15 million to move gas and electrical lines for a streetcar project in Ohio's third-largest city.

Duke Energy has agreed to begin the work at its own expense in the meantime to avoid delaying the $110 million streetcar from opening in 2015.

If a Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas judge rules in Duke Energy's favor, Cincinnati will reimburse the power company. If Cincinnati wins, Duke will already have paid for the work.

Both sides would be able to appeal the judge's decision, and the court case could take years.

Mayor Mark Mallory said Friday what matters most is the streetcar project is moving forward.

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