Last week, Rep Jim Moran Gerald Connolly of Virginia sent a letter to Stephen Ayers, the Architect of the Capitol, asking him to install a station on Capitol grounds as close as possible to the Capitol South Metro station, preferably within sight (see the map they submitted at right).
Right now the closest station to the House side [Update: that is at a Metro Station] is the one at Union Station. Capital Bikeshare will be installing a new station very near the House's congressional complex in the next round.
The congressmen point out that a station near the Metro station would be more likely to be utilized by staff and tourists, thus reducing congestion and competition for parking. It could help with both getting to the Capitol or moving around the campus.
A station at the Metro station would technically be inside the Capitol's security perimeter, but Moran and Connolly point out that a station could be added without significantly reconfiguring the perimeter. They believe - and I think most people would agree - that it is possible to address security concerns while providing a direct Metro connection.
And look how close it would be to Eric Cantor's office. It might make him a convert.
You may recall that Moran and Connolly were part of a group of Congress-members who asked NPS to allow CaBi on the National Mall.