CINCINNATI: Cincinnatiís current city council took a step at its final meeting to make it harder for the new council to end the cityís streetcar project, as the incoming mayor has promised.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that council voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance requiring the project to continue. The vote made the project a policy directive that can be undone only by another council vote.

The new council and Mayor-Elect John Cranley take over Sunday. Cranley has vowed to kill the project once he takes office and says he plans a meeting of the new city council on Monday to stop the streetcar.

Cincinnati has spent millions of dollars to start work on the 3.6-mile streetcar line and obligated an additional $94 million in contracts.