U.S. Transportation Secretary Visits Port of Oakland

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U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx made his first official West Coast port visit at the Port of Oakland Friday, Nov. 15.

Secretary Foxx was provided a tour and briefing of regional transportation priorities including Port of Oakland infrastructure projects.

“U.S. ports generate billions of dollars in economic activity and are keeping our economy moving,” said Foxx.

“At DOT, we’ve directed $417 million in TIGER grants to projects at 33 ports including $15 million here at the Port of Oakland, a major export gateway for American agricultural products, and as a result, U.S. exports will be more competitive,” he said.

The port was honored to host Foxx’s visit, said Port Commission President Cestra “Ces” Butner. “It was an excellent opportunity to highlight our shore power project for reducing diesel emissions, the City and Port of Oakland’s redevelopment of the former Oakland Army Base, and collaboration on freight issues with our regional, state and federal partners,” he said.

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