TEA-3 Could Erase Decades of Progress…or
Build on Successes
The biggest piece of legislation nobody has heard about expired in
Congress—pretty much unnoticed by the public—at the end
Called the Transportation Equity Act, or "TEA-3" for short,
it was revived when lawmakers promptly passed a five-month stopgap measure
to keep funding flowing to the nation's transportation systems; Congress
continues to work on the full six-year reauthorization of this massive
bill. The act will guide up to $375 billion of spending over the term
of its life, and significantly affect America’s air and water quality,
natural spaces, and patterns of development.
A Tale of Two Cities:
How federal transportation funding helped one community—and could
The late autumn snow was falling in flurries. Marc Heileson of the Utah
field office and Tracy Marafiote of the chapter’s excom stood out
in it, each with a sign in one hand, and a thermos of spiked hot cocoa
in the other. The cause that brought them into the cold three years ago
was a "honk-and-wave" event, scheduled to rally last-minute
voter support for a quarter-cent sales tax increase to benefit Salt Lake
City’s light-rail system.
The sign-bearers polished off the cocoa, the measure passed, a second
light-rail line has since been added to Salt Lake City’s TRAX system,
and a third is under construction.