By The Jersey Journal
Citi Bike Jersey City announced that it is moving forward with a plan to relocate some of its least popular docking stations in the city
The plan leaves nearly all neighborhoods south of Communipaw Avenue without access to the bike-share system.
The company will move eight stations, three at light rail stops, though it is not yet decided where the stations will be moved. They will likely be relocated to areas with higher ridership, such as the Downtown area.
In August, after saying the city was backing out of the plan to relocate stations, Mayor Steve Fulop said the city was going to work with Citi Bike to increase ridership in where ridership was low, by offering subsidies and promoting the bike-share system.
Citi Bike Jersey City launched in September 2015 with great fanfare, with Fulop at the time saying he believed it was crucial that residents in every area of the city be have access to the system.
The system is run and funded by a private company. It won a five-year contract in January 2015 to operate Citi Bike Jersey City, agreeing to pick up the roughly $2.5 million cost to pay for bikes and stations. It was only company that bid on the contract.
After the first year of service, the city was expected to get a cut of the program's profits.Should Jersey City pull out of its contract with Citi Bike?