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City to pursue bike share program despite federal funding uncertainty

City to pursue bike share program despite federal funding uncertainty
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 12:01pm

The City will continue developing their bike share program despite the uncertainty of securing $1.6 million from a federal program, a decision made at Tuesday's city council meeting.

The City of El Paso, along with UTEP and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, have already invested a combined $400,000 for a bike share program.

The Freeway Highway Administration, the organization that oversees the federal funding, has already said the city can use the more than a million dollars to fund bike share.

The Texas Department of Transportation, who manages the money, has not released the funds.

Even if TXDOT does not release the funding to the city, officials say they will move forward with developing bike share around downtown and UTEP.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization, TXDOT, and the FHWA will meet on Friday to discuss the funding then release what will happen to with the $1.6 million dollars at the MPO's November 1st meeting.

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