I don't know how I missed this story from the Diamondback, but it's kind of a bummer.
The launch of a new bike share program on the campus, originally scheduled for this semester, has been tentatively pushed back to the fall because of unexpected costs, DOTS officials said.
Alta Bicycle Share, the company that manages the Capital Bikeshare programs, has proposed additional launch expenses of $60,000 to $100,000 that were not part of the initial contract.
And more bad news.
Alta Bicycle Share has changed its pricing system for the bikes and docks, Malone said. To avoid a higher annual membership fee, the university will have to consider building only three bike share stations on the campus instead of a planned four, Malone said.
Monica Hernandez, an official from Washington’s District Department of Transportation, said the costs of maintaining bike sharing in College Park are higher than in Washington because the system is smaller and the locations of the stations would be farther from the main operation.
Not surprisingly, some people are suggesting they should spend the money on something else. And UMD is looking into not using CaBi
DOTS will consider alternative contractors for the bike share project to avoid higher costs