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Big Changes, Additions for Citi Bike
"Citi Bike said Monday that it plans to add 90 stations this year in Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bedford Stuyvesant, part of a general overhaul and expansion of its software, docking stations and equipment," reports Clifford Michel.
The announcement came shortly after maintenance work over the weekend shut down the system, upsetting users of the system. Annual members will receive an extra three days on their account.
According to Michel, Citi Bike officials have already replaces 4,253 of the systems bikes since September, and they hope to reach 6,000 by the summer. A final, but substantial, detail of the system overhaul requires a new contract between Citi Bike and its maintenance workers. Those negotiations have been in the works for five months.
All of the expansion plan follows the promises made in October when Alta Bicycle Share, the original operators of Citi Bike, was sold to REQX Ventures, a subsidiary of the Related Companies. A separate article by Kate Hinds takes a closer look at the work of Motivate, the company now managing Citi Bike.