Six new MetroBike Shelters opening

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Commuters who ride MetroRail have a new option beginning Tuesday.

Because more and more people are biking to the station, Capital Metro has come up with a solution so that commuters don’t have to bring their bikes on the train.

It’s called a MetroBike Shelter.

It’s a fully enclosed bike-lock area that can only be accessed by purchasing a card. The idea is to give commuters a safer option for leaving their bike.

Plus, according to CapMetro officials, bikes take up enough room for four people to stand. And since the trains are standing-room-only many mornings and evenings, the hope is to open up more space.

Six new bike shelters will open Tuesday along the Red Line at Plaza Saltillo, MLK, Highland, Lakeline, Tech Ridge Park & Ride, and South Congress Transit Center.

Back in August 2012, CapMetro opened a MetroBike Shelter at the Kramer station as part of a pilot program.

Because it was so successful, CapMetro secured a $554,000 FTA Livability Grant, and the City of Austin provided an additional $50,000 in matching funds.

The shelters can be accessed 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. seven days a week.

Twenty-four bikes can fit inside the shelter, and it comes equipped with a changing shoe area and a work station in the event you need to make minor repairs, like refilling the tires.

The cost is $30 a year for unlimited use.

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