Alta's latest bike-share program is divine for Providence

Courtesy Alta Bicycle Share

The Alta bike-share program is set to hit Rhode Island a few months before the offering is slated to land in Portland.

Providence is set to add the Alta program, which would bring 200 bicycles and 20 bike-share stations to the city. Alta already runs the bike share programs in New York and Boston.

As with its Portland plans, Alta hopes to procure a corporate sponsor for the bike-sharing program. The Portland Tribune reported last week that Alta is close to finding a partner and that the program could launch by the summer.

Alta told Providence officials it could start the system within six months of landing a corporate sponsor.

The Providence system would cost $2 per hour after a free first 30 minutes. One-year memberships would be available for between $60 and $80, according to the ecoRI website.

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