Jersey City and Hoboken may, at long last, link their bike share systems

AT LAST -- Hoboken and Jersey City are soliciting input on how to link their bikeshare systems, something users have suggested for years.
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AT LAST -- Hoboken and Jersey City are soliciting input on how to link their bikeshare systems, something users have suggested for years.

HOBOKEN AND JERSEY CITY — While Jersey City’s CitiBike bikesharing system allows riders to head into Manhattan and back, Hoboken went a different way three years ago, trying out the new Hudson BikeShare. The city was criticized as this meant users couldn’t park their bikes in Jersey City or head to Manhattan. And docking stations promised by BikeShare in 2015 in other towns failed to materialize by 2017.
Now, other towns in Hudson County such as Bayonne and Weehawken have signed up, and at last, Hoboken and Jersey City may work together to link systems.
Hoboken residents got an email Thursday saying that Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and new Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla are in discussions regarding the expansion of Hudson Bike Share into Jersey City and CitiBike into Hoboken.
“As neighbors with shared borders, we want to provide our residents and visitors with more choices and access to the benefits of both programs,” said Fulop.
“Expanding our bike share programs will create important links between Hoboken and Jersey City and improve the resiliency of our regional transportation system,” said Bhalla.
The potential expansion may include the addition of three stations in each city. Members of the public are invited to complete an online survey to provide input on possible locations for new bike share stations. The online survey is available at www.hobokennj.gov/bikesharesurvey.