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    Quote Originally Posted by Yule View Post
    Note: Arlington has 6 stations to be (theoretically) installed soon (designated on the map with '19,' i.e., 2019), and almost twenty more designated (in green) as "potential future sites" in the Capital Bikeshare expansion Google Map layer. Even these new six incoming and the possible twenty would still be a bare-bones attempt at reasonably comprehensive county coverage.
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    Don't expect a lot of CaBi expansion in Arlington anytime soon. CaBi's capital budget was obliterated in the most recent Capital Improvement Plan. They've basically just got enough to replace stations and bikes as they reach end of life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_s View Post
    Don't expect a lot of CaBi expansion in Arlington anytime soon. CaBi's capital budget was obliterated in the most recent Capital Improvement Plan. They've basically just got enough to replace stations and bikes as they reach end of life.
    Thanks, dedicated metro funding. Womp womp.


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    Who owned CaBi before Lyft bought it? I thought it was the jurisdictions in which it operates. If so, why would ArlCo need to be funding it into the future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Smith View Post
    Who owned CaBi before Lyft bought it? I thought it was the jurisdictions in which it operates. If so, why would ArlCo need to be funding it into the future?
    The jurisdictions own CaBi including all of the bikes and all of the stations.

    CaBi is operated, under contract, by a company called Motivate (formerly called Alta bikeshare).

    Motivate was bought by Lyft.

    So now the jurisdictions send their contract money to a company controlled by Lyft, rather than to a company that isn't controlled by Lyft.

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    That makes sense. I work for Motivate so I should know this stuff. I was told Lyft owns the equipment now but the linked article says they bought Motivate, not CaBi, so I think I was misinformed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Smith View Post
    That makes sense. I work for Motivate so I should know this stuff. I was told Lyft owns the equipment now but the linked article says they bought Motivate, not CaBi, so I think I was misinformed.
    My understanding is that they own the CaBi Plusses though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    My understanding is that they own the CaBi Plusses though.


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    I think that's right - at least for the current pilot. (More generally speaking, the setup for CaBi is different from Citibike, which as I understand it is privately owned and operated by Motivate/Lyft, as opposed them only being the operator.)

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