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Bike share program faces uncertain future

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - As federal funding for a Chattanooga bike share program runs out, officials are looking at ways to make the initiative self-sufficient.

Bike Chattanooga coordinator Phillip Pugliese says the program has to pay for itself by the time federal funding runs out in September. The city has spent about $2 million to get the program going, including the purchasing bicycles, setting up stations and hiring employees.

Records show it brought in a total of $113,951 - $51,719 from membership fees and $61,932 in sponsorships and advertising.

Pugliese says the program will continue, though it may include changes.

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