We thank readers for their views on the cessation of Park & Ride.
Park & Ride was implemented in 1975 to reduce congestion in the Central Business District (CBD). Subsidised parking was provided at selected carparks on the fringes of the CBD to encourage motorists to switch to public transport before entering the CBD.
Our public transport network has since expanded significantly and commuters are now able to travel into the CBD conveniently using public transport for the entire journey. We have invested heavily in new rail lines that connect commuters directly to the CBD, and also expanded the bus network significantly, including City Direct bus services.
Furthermore, more than half of Park & Ride users do not switch to public transport after parking their cars at Park & Ride carparks, which suggests that the scheme is being taken advantage of by some motorists as subsidised destination parking.
The take-up rate of the scheme has also been low. Hence, LTA has decided to end Park & Ride from 1 December 2016. With improved public transport options, we encourage motorists to switch to public transport for their entire journey.
Ong Hui Guan
Deputy Group Director, Policy and Planning
Land Transport Authority