- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area is closer to adding thousands of more bikes to its bike-share program.

The San Jose Mercury News reports Wednesday (https://bayareane.ws/1RoQDU8 ) that a regional transportation committee has voted to contract with a private company to provide the bikes by 2017.

The Bay Area now has about 700 bikes under a pilot program, with most in San Francisco. The expansion would increase the number to 7,000 bikes, including more than 4,000 in San Francisco.

Oakland and other parts of the East Bay would get about 1,400 bikes.

Riders would pay $149 a year for a pass, which allows pick up and drop off of bikes at set docks.

The vote by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on Wednesday was unanimous.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, https://www.mercurynews.com

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