Many who are in favor of the issue fear that if passenger rail, in the form of a street car, is allowed, it would take money away from other city initiatives like paying city police and fire fighters. This is definitely not true, The city of Cincinnati have procured allotted funds to develop passenger rail, and these funds are only ear marked for this purpose and this purpose only. If Issue 48 is passed, these earmarked monies will go to another region of the United States.
Though Issue 48 is not just about the development of a street car, the City of Cincinnati has proposed an initial street car route which connects the city's Downtown Business District with its uptown neighbor, home to The University of Cincinnati, University Hospital and a plethora of other city attractions; winding through the city's historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. All with the hopes that Issue 48 does not pass. Studies have shown that there has been considerable economic development on and around street car routes installed in other parts of the United States and Over-the-Rhine, with its historic construct and multitude of vacant buildings prime for development; should be no exception."