The successful Opal Park & Ride trial is being expanded to a second train station commuter car park to ensure more parking is available for customers going on to use public transport.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today announced Kogarah train station will be included in the trial by September, giving customers using public transport 18 hours of free parking.
“We know parking at train stations can be a real issue for customers, with spaces often used by those who aren’t catching public transport, but now we can use Opal technology to prioritise those catching a train, bus or ferry,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“We want to make it easier for customers to access public transport and this trial aims to ensure that car parks provided for commuters are used by the people they are intended for – customers using public transport.
“Research shows up to 46 per cent of people who use commuter car parks do not catch public transport, which is why we have developed this system to give priority.”
Mr Constance said the Opal Park & Ride trial started on the Northern Beaches in January at the B-Line commuter car parks, with Ashfield becoming the first train station commuter car park in May this year.
“Since Opal Park and Ride was introduced at the B-Line commuter car park in Dee Why in January around 90 per cent of the customers using the facilities have also used public transport,” Mr Constance said.
“We have also seen great results at Ashfield with more than 6000 customers making use of the free parking in the first full month and we expect to see the same great results at Kogarah.”
Commuters travelling from Kogarah station will continue to have access to 348 parking spaces over seven levels of the commuter car park.
The information gathered from this trial will be used when considering the introduction of Opal Park & Ride at other commuter car parks across the State.