The tau lepton lifetime is measured with the L3 detector at LEP. For the an
alysis presented here tau pairs produced during 1994 and 1995 around the Z
pole are used. The measurement is done by a decay length method for the 3-p
rong tau decays and by an impact parameter analysis for the 1-prong decays.
From the data 6 620 3-prong decays are selected, from which a lifetime of
tau(tau) = 291.4 +/- 3.9 (stat) +/- 2.0 (syst) fs is determined. The impact
parameter analysis on 58 656 1-prong decays results in a lifetime of tau(t
au) = 290.5 +/- 2.7 (stat) +/- 2.9 (syst) fs. Combination with our previous
results gives tau(tau) = 291.7 +/- 2.0 (stat) +/- 1.8 (syst) fs. These num
bers are preliminary.