Transportation headlines, Friday, March 26

Here’s a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog. Don’t forget you can also follow the Metro Library on Facebook and Twitter.

Ever get tired of waiting for the bureaucrats to buy a bucket of paint and paint a bike lane near your house? Ever thought of just going out and doing it yourself? Well, don’t says the Good blog. It might seem harmless enough, but you could be in “catastrophic” legal trouble and be held responsible for any accidents that result from your little project.

On the subject of bikes, where exactly is the money going to come from to pay for the bike improvements that many people would like to see. BikePortland says that support is growing among cycling advocates for an excise tax on bikes and bike parts to help pay biking infrastructure. Part of me likes the idea — you want it, you pay for it. On the other hand, bike improvements receive a pittance of government funding now and maybe a better answer is make that a higher priority in the funding game.

From the Dept. of Things Are Tough All Over: The New York MTA approved a new round of service cuts that includes eliminating two subway lines and dozens of bus routes, reports the New York Times. This round of cuts is intended to help a $400-million budget gap. But officials say another round of cuts is likely on the horizon due to another $400-million budget hole beyond the current one.

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