Mississippi lawmakers fund study of Tunica monorail

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state Legislature has included $500,000 for a study on a monorail to link casinos with areas of Tunica and DeSoto counties and Shelby County, Tennessee.

The money was included in a Mississippi Department of Transportation appropriation bill approved yesterday. The bill now goes to the governor.

Webster Franklin, director of Tunica's convention and visitors bureau, said the feasibility study would explore an elevated train linking Tunica's nine casinos with the Tunica airport and leading to Southaven. The monorail could then link up with the proposed Memphis light rail system and connect to the Memphis International Airport.

Franklin said he and other officials from the Mid-South are still seeking $400,000 in federal highway money for the study and have asked U-S Senator Thad Cochran for help.

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