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Bikeshare Gets a Boost From $1.2 Million in MDOT Grants

BY TIM LEMKE

The Maryland Department of Transportation has announced nearly $1.2 million in grants to support bikeshare initiatives in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.

The funds include about $926,000 from the Transportation Alternatives Program to be used for bikeshare efforts in the National Harbor area. About $188,765 of that will go to install four bikeshare stations. Another $737,362 will go toward the first of five construction phases that will link Prince George’s County’s bikeshare system to others in the region.

Meanwhile, MDOT said the state awarded $269,834 to expand the Bethesda Trolley Trail Bikeshare network to Grosvenor Metro Station. These funds were directed from the Maryland Bikeways Program. (Here’s the full list of Bikeways Program Awards.)

These grants from MDOT were included in an announcement of about $20 million to be spent on bike and pedestrian projects across the entire state of Maryland. Other local projects of interest that received funding include:

  • $4.7 million to build a 700-foot bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will finally complete the connection the WB&A Trail. The bridge over the Patuxent River will allow bikers to travel more than 10 miles between Odenton in Anne Arundel County and Lanham in Prince George’s County.
  • $140,000 for final design of the 2-mile North Laurel Connection between Laurel and the Patuxent Branch Trail in Savage.
  • $240,000 for 60% of the design of a planned bikeway on New Hampshire Avenue between Auburn Avenue and Holton Lane.

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