The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), chaired by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, voted today to award a $11 million contract to Bicycle Transit Systems, Inc. to launch bike sharing in Downtown L.A.
"We are building new ways for Angelenos to get around," said Mayor Garcetti. "Riding a bike is another option people can use to commute to work or explore the region. Today marks the first step in Metro's plan to bring bike share to cities across the county."
Metro will launch the bike share system in spring 2016 with nearly 1,100 bikes at 65 stations throughout Downtown L.A. The system will later expand to Pasadena in 2017 as Metro plans to bring the program to eight other communities for a total of 4,000 bicycles in ten communities in L.A. County.
The Downtown L.A. bike share system will be developed through an extensive public outreach process that will give local residents, business owners, and other stakeholders the opportunity to participate in the planning. As the community input process advances, bicycles will be available for short-term hire at a number of downtown locations such as Union Station, the L.A. Convention Center, Staples Center, Grand Park/Music Center, 7th Street/Metro Center, Grand Central Market, Pershing Square, the Arts District, the future Figueroa Cycle Track corridor, and the University of Southern California area.
- Broke ground on the Purple Line Extension and the Regional Connector
- Launched the Valley-Westside Express Bus
- Opened phase two of the Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit project and introduced all-door boarding
- Preserved light rail manufacturing in Palmdale through a negotiation with Kinkisharyo International and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- Received $22 million in two federal TIGER grant awards to improve Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station and connections to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station
- Created a Business Solutions Center and Business Interruption Fund to help businesses affected by Metro construction
- Launched car share at ten Metro park-and-ride locations
- Selected a new CEO, Phil Washington