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    Default Lyft buying Motivate

    Capital Bikeshare's owner Motivate is reportedly being bought by Lyft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewey View Post
    Capital Bikeshare's owner Motivate is reportedly being bought by Lyft.
    Or is it Uber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry View Post
    Or is it Uber.
    Starting a GoFundMe to buy Motivate...

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    Lyft acquire Motivate.

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    Just a point of clarification that Motivate has the contract to operate Capital Bikeshare but doesnít own Capital Bikeshare.

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    Lyft fund massive expansion of New York’s Citi Bikeshare program, $100million to triple the number of bikes hopefully this will bring operating costs down for their other systems eg Motivate group buy discount on ebikes to expand DC’s fleet https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-m...n-citi-bike#/0
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    Well, I hope they fix this ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewey View Post
    Mayor de Blasio Announces Dramatic Expansion Of Citi Bike
    November 29, 2018

    [...] doubling Citi Bike's service area and tripling the number of bikes in the next five years [...]
    Can we get a push for a doubling of service area and tripling of bikes in the system, too? CaBi coverage area is decent but IMO leaves much to be desired if the goal is to be a comprehensive regional system, which it should be (why not?).


    New York City had reached an agreement
    Nice to be able to do that. Meanwhile, there are seven or so different jurisdictions with a hand in Capital Bikeshare, four major ones: Arlington, Alexandria, District of Columbia, and the federal government (i.e., stations on public land like the Mall) (?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yule View Post
    Can we get a push for a doubling of service area and tripling of bikes in the system, too? CaBi coverage area is decent but IMO leaves much to be desired if the goal is to be a comprehensive regional system, which it should be (why not?).



    Nice to be able to do that. Meanwhile, there are seven or so different jurisdictions with a hand in Capital Bikeshare, four major ones: Arlington, Alexandria, District of Columbia, and the federal government (i.e., stations on public land like the Mall) (?).
    It would be a pretty drastic change in the structure of CaBi. CaBi is owned by multiple jurisdictions in the area and is operated as public transportation. The jurisdictions purchase the stations and pay into operating costs. Fees do not fully cover operating and equipment expenses.

    Citi Bike is a public private partnership but the system is owned by a subsidiary company of Motivate and not NYC. Citibank paid some bucks for naming rights. Membership is also twice as much as CaBi at $165 a year, although that includes unlimited 45 minute trips instead of CaBiís 30.

    Under the current structure, Motivate/Lyft doesnít have much incentive to outlay funds to expand CaBi.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    CaBi is owned by multiple jurisdictions in the area and is operated as public transportation. The jurisdictions purchase the stations and pay into operating costs. [...]

    Under the current structure, Motivate/Lyft doesn’t have much incentive to outlay funds to expand CaBi.
    I suppose there is good and bad to Capital Bikeshare being a government-subsidized public service.

    Still, someone somewhere along the chain of command(s), government(s) in this case and not the private company Motivate, needs some vision to really commit to getting the system to be comprehensive, and usable beyond the two Metro corridors. A very large share of both the Arlington population and the land area are still unserved by Capital Bikeshare. Another big push is needed, like this NYC mayor announcement. But I am highly biased as a CaBi fan.

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    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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