Upcoming Tucson development will bring bike paths and streetcars

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The City of Tucson is showing off plans for a new 6 mile path for bikers and pedestrians.

Officials held the first of three open houses to showcase the El Paso and southwestern Greenway.

The path will start near Main Avenue and University Boulevard and travel east ending at the Kino Sports Complex.

The city says the goal of the project is to provide a low-stress facility that has minimal interactions with cars.

"The City of Tucson supports alternative modes of transportation," said Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager Tom Thivener.  "The El Paso and Southwestern Greenway is going to be a great tool for people to get in and out of downtown, get to the City of South Tucson and other regional destinations without dealing with much traffic. it's a win win for everybody."

The estimated cost of the project is about $10 million.

And Tucson will receive a $63 million grant from the federal government for the downtown modern streetcar project.

That's the same amount that was announced nearly a year ago, but many worried the new congress would take the money away.

Secretary of transportation ray lahood announced the funding Thursday. The nearly 4-mile street car line will connect the University of Arizona to downtown.