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Hubway’s new app offers $1 bike rentals during Comm. Ave. project

A new app from the Hubway system will show the nearest station and how many bikes and open docks are available at each location and also allow riders purchase tickets or annual passes on their phones. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Hubway has gone mobile.

The regional public bicycle system launched a new app for iPhone and Android on Tuesday morning, while also announcing special prices meant to lure more people to bicycles during the Commonwealth Avenue bridge repair project that will disrupt commutes over the next several weeks.

Several third-party Hubway apps have been released in the past, using the system’s data to show the nearest station and how many bikes and open docks were available at each location.

The new app, the first released by Hubway, also has these functions, but lets riders purchase tickets or annual passes on their phones as well.


As part of the release, Hubway is also introducing a $1 fare special through Aug. 14, available only in the app. Riders can also purchase an annual pass during this period for $79, a $20 discount.

The special prices are aligned with the Commonwealth Avenue bridge project, which will interrupt automotive traffic and Green Line service through mid-August on the road, which will remain open to cyclists during. Hubway is also adding temporary stations along Commonwealth Avenue during the work.

The sale prices are available for rides from all stations systemwide, Hubway spokesman Benjy Kantor said. The system, which is operated by the private bike-share company Motivate, has more than 180 stations in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville.

Adam Vaccaro can be reached at adam.vaccaro@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamtvaccaro.