May/June 1997, p.7
Battle Brewing Over NEXTEA Funds
The forces of evil are lining up to crush the progressive aspects of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) as it comes up for Congressional renewal this year. ISTEA has meant hundreds of millions of dollars for cyclists and pedestrians, including about $45 million in NYC. Dubbed "NEXTEA," the new law will allocate over one hundred billion dollars worth of Federal transportation funding past the year 2000. Led by the Highway Users Alliance, the oil and motoring lobby have taken aim at bicycle and pedestrian funding. Leading the good guys is the Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP), a coalition of transportation reformers, environmentalists, urban groups and bicycle advocates, including T.A. and the Tri-State Campaign. While New York area politicians strongly support bicycle and pedestrian funding, TA. must be vigilant to ensure that bike/ped funds aren't traded away in a last minute frenzy.
Write a short note or postcard to your Senators and tell them to work for a bicycle and pedestrian friendly NEXTEA.
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