Project background

MAPC staff at Hubway launch, July 2011Hubway is a public bicycle sharing system with stations throughout Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline.

The system is designed to provide a convenient form of active public transportation by providing access to bicycles for short trips and improving connections to transit.

Hubway launched in Boston on July 28, 2011, with 61 stations and 600 bikes. In the first ten weeks, the system logged more than 100,000 rides. After a winter hiatus, Hubway re-launched in early spring and rolled past a quarter million rides by Memorial Day.

On August 8, 2012, Hubway officially launched in Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline. New stations are rolling out gradually; by the end of the 2012 season there will be a total of 107 stations and 1,100 bikes throughout Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline and Boston, including new neighborhood stations in Charlestown and North Dorchester.

MAPC’s role

Early in the planning stages of the Hubway bike share, MAPC was approached by the City of Boston to serve as a regional coordinator for the system.

In 2008-9, MAPC led the procurement process that resulted in the selection of Alta Bicycle Share as the operator for the Hubway system. In addition, MAPC is the fiscal agent for Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline’s Federal Transit Administration grant.

In 2011, MAPC negotiated a regional agreement between Alta and the municipalites of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline to govern the operations of the first truly regional bike share system in the United States.


In ten months of operations, Hubway users logged half a million rides. More than 7,400 people who live or work in Metro Boston became annual members, and more than 70,000 people purchased one- or three-day Hubway passes.

Annual members frequently use Hubway for commute trips, and a large proportion of trips are taken in conjunction with transit, with Hubway providing important “first-mile/last-mile” connections.

North Station and South Station are consistently among the busiest stations, due to the heavy use by commuters. Other popular locations, such as Copley Square and Harvard Square, draw Hubway traffic for a wide range of purposes: commuting, shopping, nightlife and tourism.



For more information, contact Eric Bourassa at or 617-933-0740.