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Detroit's first bike sharing system has announced a major expansion to more city neighborhoods and five Oakland County suburbs. 

MoGo, which debuted a little more than a year ago in the downtown business district, is adding about 30 new stations and 150 additional bikes. 

The new communities will include Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, and Royal Oak.

MoGo says the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) awarded the company a $495,380 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant allowing it to expand. 

The expansion, set for spring 2019, will offer more opportunities to connect residents and visitors with services such as SMART, DDOT and the QLine.  

“People’s transportation needs don’t stop at city borders,” said Lisa Nuszkowski, founder and executive director of MoGo, said in a statement. “Expansion of bike share sends an important message about our ability to work together to solve transportation challenges in the region while providing people with an affordable and convenient way to get where they need to go.”

MoGo said in the statement that it had not yet determined the specific station locations, but it will work with communities to identify the best spots for stations and to secure permits. 

“MoGo is a low-cost, reliable transportation option for Metro Detroit residents, and we are excited to welcome MoGo’s service to Ferndale and others who have shown interest in the system,” said Justin Lyons, planning manager for Ferndale. “With this expansion, more people can count on riding a bike year-round for trips to work, school or recreational purposes.”

nterry@detroitnews.com

 

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