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U.S. transportation secretary tours Memphis, helps plan expansion

(WMC-TV) - United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is in Memphis, meeting with Mayor A C Wharton and Congressmen Steve Cohen.

The transportation secretary announced that a $15 million TIGER 4 grant will be used to upgrade and expand transportation infrastructure from uptown Memphis to South Main and across the Harahan Bridge.

In his first official trip to the Bluff City since his nomination by President Barack Obama, United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined Congressman Steve Cohen and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton on a tour of the Main Street to Main Street project on a MATA bus.

The project will allow cyclists and runners to cross the Mississippi River to the river's levees on the Arkansas side. Foxx says this offers more transportation options.

"Instead of driving, people can take the trolley or hop on a bus or bike or walk," he said. "This trail will give cyclists and pedestrians a safe way to cross the Mississippi River."

The mayor also said he is looking at federal grants to help with MATA bus cuts.

Congressman Cohen pointed out the transportation department is studying Memphis as a prime transportation location.

Foxx said if Mid-South leaders present a plan to help with Memphis' high air travel costs, the Obama administration will lend an ear and help out.

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