Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tri-Rail installing bicycle lockers

Bicycle lockers have been installed at Tri-Rail's station in West Palm Beach, and before long will be available at all 18 stations in the commuter rail system.   This is great news.  Lack of secure parking is one of the main reasons people mention for not using their bikes for commuting.  Here's more information, from the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority:

While the Bicycle Locker Program will begin initially at the West Palm Beach Station, the program will be phased in at all other Tri-Rail stations within the next several months (due to ongoing construction projects, lockers will be installed at a later date for the Pompano Beach Station, Cypress Creek Station, Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach Station and Miami Airport Station). Once the project is completed, there will be bicycle lockers available at all of Tri-Rail’s 18 train stations. The fourth largest bicycle program launched by a public transportation agency within the United States, the SFRTA/Tri-Rail will be offering approximately 600 lockers for bicycle and bicycle accessory storage.

Registration fees for one locker will be $37 for six months and $64 for a year. Users may also register for a second locker for half the price, should they want to store a bicycle at both their origin and destination station. There is also a refundable $30 security deposit to cover the price of one lock and two keys.

“More and more commuters are turning to bicycles for their commute to and from our train stations,” said SFRTA Executive Director Joseph Giulietti. “It’s a healthy, economical and environmentally responsible choice, and one that we want to support however we can.”

Bicycles have become more popular as a means of getting to or from Tri-Rail stations due to the high cost of gas and a growing concern for the environment. The installation of bicycle lockers at many Tri-Rail stations will provide commuters with a safe place to store their bicycles and will free up additional space onboard the train for passengers and luggage.

As of Monday, June 14, you will be able to register for a bicycle locker at the West Palm Beach Station by visiting www.tri-rail.com or by visiting the West Palm Beach Station Ticket Kiosk. The website will be updated accordingly, as lockers become available at additional stations. For additional information, please call Customer Service at 1-800-TRI-RAIL (874-7245).

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