MTC votes to continue bike share into 2015, expand program to East Bay, and take over operation from BAAQMD
The San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved $8.7 million to continue the SF Bay Area Bike Share program and expand it to cities in the East Bay at their monthly commission meeting earlier today.
— Sean Co (@seanaco) April 23, 2014
The Commission voted to approve the expenditure of the lion’s share of Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds to continue the popular program beyond the current pilot program, which expires in August 2014. Currently, 1,000 bikes from 100 stations are available to the 21,000 members of Bay Area Bike Share in San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, and San Jose. With the additional funding, MTC plans to expand the program to Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville in the East Bay. MTC also allocated $2M in CMAQ funds for car sharing, $6M for Transportation Demand Management (TDM) grants, and $400K for commuter benefit programs.
The Programming and Allocations Committee voted in favor of the staff-proposed funding at their April 9 meeting.