Transportation headlines, Thursday, May 13

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.

China is pulling ahead in race for high-speed rail (Washington Post)

China’s trains are the fastest, its network of lines the longest and its plans are the most ambitious. Within a couple of years, China will also have more high-speed rail than the rest of the world combined, the Post reports. China is also hoping that its new expertise in building high-speed rail is something they can sell to other countries.

Paris plans to kick cars off its riverbank (Time)

The city of Paris has been experimenting with kicking cars off one of the roads adjacent to the Seine and turning it over to pedestrians, cyclists and rollerbladers. So far, so good and now the city wants to begin removing cars for good from one side of the river and greatly slowing them down on the other while adding more greenspace and parks. Some wonder if suburbanites accustomed to using the river expressways to reach their jobs in the city will go for the plan.

In the age of electric cars, who pays for highways? (Grist)

If cars become more fuel efficient — and they should, according to federal law — and rely more on electricity in the future, the amount of gas taxes collected will decrease and funds to pay for road maintenance will dwindle. What to do? Perhaps tax electricity going to power vehicles, a proposition easier said than done.