[UPDATE BELOW] Citi Bike's expansion plans are lurching forward at long last, with several new stations slated for installation on the Upper West and Upper East sides this coming spring and summer.
According to the Post, upper Manhattan will be home to a total of 135 new stations between 2015 and 2017, with racks planned for as far north as 130th Street. The northernmost Citi Bike rack is currently on Broadway between 60th and 61st streets on the west side.
The expansion has been a long time coming. The financially strapped program was saved from ruin last fall after Alta Bicycle Share—Citi Bike's parent company—was subsumed by a group of investors known as Bikeshare Holdings LLC, who arrived armed with $30 million to dump into the program. Assuming all goes as planned, the 330 stations and 6,000 bikes currently in operation will grow to more than 700 stations and 12,000 bikes by the end of 2017.
An expansion planning workshop, hosted by Councilmember Helen Rosenthal, Community Board 7 and the DOT, will be held at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on Thursday, with sessions to be held at 6 and 7 p.m. Residents are encouraged to attend to offer their input on the rack's locations, so no one can say they weren't warned. The church is located at 150 West 83rd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues.
A similar session will be held at the Swinging 60's Senior Center in Williamsburg on February 10.
DOT did not immediately respond to a request for a more specific timeline or exact number of docks anticipated.
(h/t West Side Rag)
Update, 12:20 p.m.: According to DOT, the agency never committed to installing the new racks by "spring or summer," as was reported by the Post.
Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg released the following statement:
Since we announced the expansion of the bike share program last year, we’ve been excited to see the enthusiasm for it from New Yorkers from all neighborhoods as we’ve conducted our outreach. The new management makes the program more reliable, and expanding it to new neighborhoods, such as in Upper Manhattan and Queens, has been a major City priority under Mayor Bill de Blasio.