Montgomery County has asked the State of Maryland to provide a $1 million grant to expand Capital BikeShare into Bethesda and Silver Spring and surrounding areas. The county expects to know by “early 2012″ whether the grant is approved.
According to the county press release:
The [grant] will fund 29 docking stations and 204 bikes between the Beltway and the District of Columbia border, including Friendship Heights (Chevy Chase), Bethesda, the Medical Center Metro area, Takoma Park and Silver Spring.
The county has said its ultimate plan is to provide 50 stations with 400 bikes downcounty and another 20 stations with 200 in the Rockville/Shady Grove area.
Also in the press release:
The new bikesharing application requests 80 percent grant funding for capital facilities. The County would be responsible for the remaining 20 percent local match, which is coming from private sector sources. The County also will be responsible for operating and maintenance costs, some of which are expected to be offset by revenues from membership and usage fees.
The county is already working with Rockville to put 20 bikeshare stations and 200 bikes in the Rockville/Shady Grove Metro area. A $1.3 million grant for that system has already been obtained from the Federal Transit Adminitration. So Rockville could actually be the first community in the county to have BikeShare up and running.
See my prior BikeShare post on CycleMoco for more links!