In this episode we speak with “Mr. Streetcar” John Schneider of Cincinnati about that city’s streetcar as it nears its opening date. A longtime downtown resident there, John has been instrumental in the biggest civic infrastructure projects in that city over the past 30 years. This episode was recorded at the 21C Hotel on the streetcar line in downtown Cincinnati.
John Schneider was a board member of Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. and served as its first transportation committee chair. In that role, he proposed and helped to advance the reconfiguration of Fort Washington Way (Interstate 71) through downtown, proposed the location for the new riverfront home of the Cincinnati Reds, and chaired the campaign that resulted in Hamilton County voters overwhelmingly approving the site of the Great American Ball Park.
Schneider is an alumnus of Leadership Cincinnati, vice chairman of the City Planning Commission, and chairs the Alliance for Regional Transit. He has authored many articles on Cincinnati’s planning and infrastructural issues and is a frequent speaker on rail transit. Former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory named Schneider “Mr. Streetcar” for his role in returning passenger rail transit to Cincinnati after a sixty-year absence.
Schneider is Managing Member of First Valley Holdings LLC, a redeveloper of property in and around downtown Cincinnati. John and his wife, April, have resided in downtown Cincinnati for many years.
*bio sourced from Rotary Club of Cincinnati