As spring slowly makes its way to Boston, the city’s Hubway bike sharing system is getting up and running.
Managed by Portland’s Alta Bicycle Share and sponsored by New Balance as well as a Federal Transit Administration grant and additional local sponsors, the program lets subscribers check out bikes for quick trips from one station to another.
In an email to annual subscribers (users can sign up for an $85 annual membership or pay $5 for 24-hour and $12 3-day passes at a station), the service announced the resumption of services after a long winter.
“After a very snowy winter we are thrilled to announce that Hubway is open for business,’’ the email stated. “Effective Tuesday, April 2, nearly 75% of our stations are on the ground and the bikes are ready to ride. Our team will continue to add stations and expect to be fully deployed by mid-April.’’
The system will boast 112 stations and 1,100 bicycles this year, according to the email. An official kickoff event is planned for April 8, with details about that event forthcoming.
The email also noted a number of configuration changes coming to the system, now starting its third year.
— Additional docking points installed at 10 of the most highly utilized stations, including Congress/Sleeper, Post Office Square, Beacon/Mass Ave, and Charles Circle
— Summer/Arch station has moved one block to the corner of Franklin/Arch and has added 12 docking points to accommodate demand
— TD Garden/Legends Way station has moved to the sidewalk along Causeway St at Portal Park and added 7 docking points
— New station at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital’s Navy Yard facility
— Washington Square will get a station in metered parking spots along the median of Beacon St (to be installed after the Boston Marathon)
— New station in on-street parking spots along Harvard Ave in the Kennedy Crossing area of Brookline, providing a critical link between Coolidge Corner and Allston
— New station at the Radcliffe Quad, at Garden St/Shepard St
— Planned station for the Porter Square T plaza
— New station at Highland Ave/Somerville Hospital
— New station at Teele Square/Elm St
— New station adjacent to Tufts at Packard Ave/Powderhouse Blvd
— Ball Square station moving down the block to Bristol Rd at the intersection of Broadway