Capital Bikeshare to expand to Montgomery County
The Capital Bikeshare program plans to expand into Montgomery County. Thanks to a million-dollar grant, Shady Grove and Rockville commuters may soon have a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to get around.
“I think the success in D.C. and Arlington is real proof that this type of a model does work,” said Sandra Brecher of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation.
The county plans to introduce 200 bikes and 20 stations within about a year, part of a pilot program funded through the federal Transit Administration. The program targets lower-income workers, “people who need help getting to and from transit between their home and transit, and between transit and their work site,” Brecher said.
The goal is to expand into other communities and make bike rentals affordable and accessible to everyone.
“It would be nice, so if you don't want to rent a car, just rent a bike and it will get to where you need to go,” said Rockville resident Shane Martin.
Proposed locations for bike stations include metro stops and the Rockville town center.
“If I take the metro, it would be a real convenience, it would be really good,” said James Rainard, who lives in Wheaton.
While final details are being discussed, State Senator Brian Frosh of Bethesda says he will meet with transportation officials next week to bring the program to his district.
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