The stations are being relocated to allow for the completion of New York City Transit electrical work on the 7 train subway line. The moves will start on Friday morning. By rush hour on Friday evening, the stations should be in their new spots. The MTA said that the construction project should be completed by early fall.
The stations are currently located on Pershing Square. One station will be relocated to E. 41st Street and Madison Avenue. The other station will be relocated to a nearby location, although the location has not yet been confirmed. The number of docking points will remain the same.
The Citi Bike System, operated by NYC Bike Share, is a bike sharing system that has thousands of bikes throughout New York City. The station locations were chosen through a participatory public input process that assessed population and transit needs.
Each station has a touchscreen kiosk, a map of the service area and the surrounding neighborhood and a docking system that releases bikes for rental with a card or key. To ride a Citi Bike, individuals have to be ages 16 and older. There are three payment options: a 24-hour pass, a seven-day pass or an annual membership.
Citi Bike tells customers if a station is relocated on Twitter and its free app. Once a station moves, it takes the station's pin off of the map. When the station is reinstalled at a new location, it will appear as a blue pin on the app and their online station map.
On Tuesday, the organization stated on its blog that average daily rides over the previous two weeks were nearly double what they were in January and February. They expect those numbers to rise as the weather gets warmer.