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The Planet

As Congress addresses the 6-year transportation funding bill, Sierra Club activists fight for a package that retains environmental review and clean air protections and bolsters funding for public transportation.

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 of September.

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 help another

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.


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