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Citi Bike: Immensely popular but not profitable

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The Citi Bike program is a successful one, exceeding expectations with 98,000 yearly memberships and all customers logging 6.7 million miles. But Citi Bike is not making a profit. Initially funded with $40 million from Citibank, the company running Citi Bike may have to raise rates to cover costs.

Right now, $95 pays for a yearly membership of an unlimited number of 45-minute rides.

NYC Bike Share says it no plans to raise rates now. But for now is not spring. And spring is when Citi Bikes will be out in force again. New York City Commissioner of Transportation Polly Trottenberg has said Citi Bike needs more money to operate.

Council Member Ydanis Rodriquez heads the Transportation Committee of the City Council, which oversees the Department of Transportation. He wants to review the entire Citi Bike revenue package approved under Mayor Bloomberg before making a final decision on rate hikes or the city using taxpayer money to expand the successful program to other boroughs. Rodriguez also notes Citi Bikes are rolling advertisements for Citibank so that Citibank should be one prime source of continued funding.

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