From today’s Akron Beacon Journal:
The fee for Bike Aboard! will be rising when the program resumes in April 2013. The fee for the program which runs from April through October will increase by $1 and will be $3.
Bob Downing’s article also included some stats regarding the number of cyclists taking advantage of this fun service: the program, which is weather-dependent, attracted 21,834 bicyclists, despite sizzling summer heat and numerous rainy weekends from August through October. That 2012 total is a big jump from the 11,968 bicyclists who participated in the program in 2011, when major track repairs and bad weather hindered the railroad. The program drew 23,776 bicyclists in 2010; 20,673 in 2009; 18,252 in 2008; and 6,248 in 2007, the first year of Bike Aboard! The Bike Aboard! fee had been raised to $3 temporarily in 2011, due to a higher fuel surcharge the railroad imposed. The railroad has received grant money in the past to help fund the program.
For the those not familiar with the program, Bike Aboard! is a paid service bicyclists can use that allows them to have their bikes loaded and unloaded from the Cuyahoga Valley Rail Line and to have space, and generally a seat, on the train. The service is offered between Akron and Independence. Cyclists utilize the program by pedaling one way on the Towpath Trail and then boarding the train to return to their starting point.