Capital Bikeshare station (photo by Priya George)
(Washington, D.C. - WAMU) Montgomery County, Maryland ,which borders the nation's capital, is hoping for some financial help from the state to get its portion of Capital Bikeshare up and rolling.
The County's Department of Transportation has applied for a $1 million grant to fund bikesharing in the southern part of the county.
The proposal would fund 29 docking stations and more than 200 bikes between the Beltway highway and the county's border with D.C. -- that includes Friendship Heights, Bethesda, Takoma Park and Silver Spring, all communities filled with residents who work in the District.
The new stations would become a part of the Capital Bikeshare system already in operation in D.C. and in Arlington County in Virginia.
Montgomery has already been awarded a federal grant of more than $1 million for bikesharing in the Rockville area. County leaders say the aim is to eventually connect Rockville's system with Capital Bikeshare as well.