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Montgomery Co. Wants To Join Bike-Sharing Program

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A bike share program could be coming to Montgomery County if transportation officials get their way.

The county’s transportation department wants to bring Capital Bikeshare, a bicycle sharing program in place in the District of Columbia and Arlington County, to Montgomery.

The Washington Post reports that county transportation officials have applied for a $1 million grant from the Maryland transportation department.

The money would be used to operate the program in southern Montgomery County, with 29 stations in locations including Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, the Medical Center area, Friendship Heights/Chevy Chase and Takoma Park.

The county expects the state grants to be announced early next year.

A $1.3 million grant the county got in June is intended to establish bike sharing in Rockville and Shady Grove next year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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