portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article reporting united states

bikes/transportation

Transportation bill passes US Senate

TEA-3, the successor to the transportation enhancement program TEA-21, was approved February 13th by the US Senate. By a 76 - 21 vote, senators gave the ok for spending $318 billion dollars for the coming six years.

Funding for recreational trails is increased from $270 Million under the current TEA-21 to $360 Million. New funding that the senate bill will provide includes "Safe Routes to Schools" which will get $70 Million dollars each year under the plan.
The US House last Fall passed a similar bill extending transportation enhancement spending. Once the House and the Senate complete work on their bills, a conference committee will work out differences between the two versions.

Then the bill goes to the President for his signature. The bill calls for spending $62 billion dollars more than President Bush wants to spend and he has threatened a veto
More about bill here:
 http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=46275