At that time, when riders call to be picked up by Harbor Transit, they can put the bikes on the rack while they are driven to their destination.
“It doesn’t cost anything to transport (a bike),” Manderscheid said. “It’s free.”
Manderscheid said it was important to note that passengers are required to put their own bikes on the racks. Harbor Transit drivers aren’t able to put bikes on the racks due to liability reasons, he said, but added they would be available to provide verbal instruction on how to use the racks.
Manderscheid said the bike racks were made possible because of federal funding.
“The Federal Transit Administration has given us the grant that enabled us to buy these,” he said.
The grant covered 100 percent of the purchase price for the new bike racks, which cost a total of $8,600 to install on all of the Harbor Transit buses — equating to about $480 per rack.
Local officials are enthusiastic about the racks due to the many opportunities for biking in the Tri-Cities area.
“With all of the bike paths we’ve got, we think that it will be beneficial,” Manderscheid said.
Cotton was also excited about the possibility for expanding the transportation services offered by the local transit agency.
“It gives us another transit option, which is what Harbor Transit is all about,” Cotton said.