Cincinnati Streetcar’s Power – Design Criteria to Implementation


IEEE Cincinnati January 26 Section Meeting

Cincinnati Streetcar’s Power – Design Criteria to Implementation

The Cincinnati Streetcar traverses 3.6 track miles of right-of-way in downtown Cincinnati and has played a major role in the redevelopment of properties within three blocks of its route. To date, over $1B of development has been attributed to the streetcar.

The public sees the overhead contact system (wires, aka OCS) as the electricity that runs the streetcars. This presentation will provide an overview of the design criteria that were initially prepared, modified, and finalized for the Streetcar project. The review will include the system from the substation through the alignment and back to the substations while visiting the different issues that required resolution or efficiencies. Virtual side trips to the Maintenance and Operations Facility, an oil filled 125kv underground transmission line, and the track slab will be made.



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  Date and Time




  • Date: 26 Jan 2017
  • Time: 05:30 PM to 08:15 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • 10160 Reading Road
  • Cincinnati (Evendale), Ohio
  • United States 45241
  • Building: Raffel's Catering
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  • Starts 10 December 2016 12:00 AM
  • Ends 25 January 2017 01:00 AM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • Admission fee (optional) ?


David H. (Dave) Thurston, P.E


Cincinnati Streetcar’s Power – Design Criteria to Implementation



David H. (Dave) Thurston, P.E. began his career working under the 13kv/60Hz electrified territory of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. As a track and structures engineer, Dave and his crews were consistently aware of need of and respect of the overhead system. In the time since Amtrak, Dave has managed design or construction of railroad and streetcar projects, highway/interstate roads and bridges, and other heavy construction. In various stages of his career, he was worked as owner, contractor, and consultant.


Address:Ohio, United States


Social Time: 5:30 - 6:00 (Cash bar, free soft beverages)

Dinner: 6:00 - 7:00 (Reservation required)

Presentation: 7:00 - ~8:45 (You may attend the presentation without buying dinner).


Buffet Menu:

Delicious dinner and dessert TBD

Tea and soft drinks are included, alcohol is available for purchase