At a Capital Bikeshare open house at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Wednesday to explain the proposed fares and expansion plans, attendees were more concerned with rebalancing problems than rates. (Rebalancing is when Bikeshare employees move trucks of bikes to stations that are empty to keep up with the commuting flow.) Bikeshare officials said the proposed fare increases would help them improve and try new rebalancing efforts.
Here’s a breakdown of the full fare hikes. The daily key rate — that’s for people who have a Capital Bikeshare key but don’t have a monthly or annual membership plan — will remain the same as a way to encourage new riders, according to Capital Bikeshare program manager Paul DeMaio.
The proposed increases — particularly compared to the Metro system, which typically increases fares in smaller 2 percent or 3 percent increments — may seen steep, but the rates are on par with other large bike-sharing programs throughout the country. At $85 a year, Capital Bikeshare would charge the same price as an annual membership in Boston and far cheaper than the $149 rate for Citi Bikes in New York City. Take a look below to see how, if the new rates are approved, Capital Bikeshare would stack up against other programs in the country. (Note: Miami Beach did not offer annual membership rates on its Web site, just a monthly rate of $15.)
Capital Bikeshare has about 3,000 bikes at 348 stations in the District, Alexandria and Arlington and Montgomery counties, with all four jurisdictions planning expansions in the next year. The District, which has 202 Bikeshare stations, has funding in place to install 30 more stations by Oct. 1. The D.C. Department of Transportation is still determining where these new stations would go and is considering lower-income areas that are underserved by public transportation and some of its most popular locations like North Dupont and Union Station, where there are never enough bikes.
In fiscal year 2016, Alexandria is already approved to install 16 new locations — which would double the the number of stations it currently has. Montgomery County has two stations planned for summer 2015 and more for 2016. The new stations will be in Chevy Chase and Shady Grove.
Arlington has 79 stations, with four additional stations funded and slated to be installed this year. The county already has proposed new station locations — general locations, not specific — through 2020. (Note: Expansion plans for all jurisdictions are contingent on them actually getting the necessary equipment, which won’t be easy.) Take a look at the Arlington County map below:
If you were unable to attend Wednesday night’s meeting and have a comment on the new prices, send it over to email@example.com by Feb. 15.