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Old July 11th, 2006, 10:03 AM   #1
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MISC | Park & Ride facilities

Does your city have a park & ride? An example of this was when I was in The East Coast. I stayed in Woodbridge Township in NJ and I took The NJ Transit to NY. We would drive the car from the house to The Metropark Station, park it and then take the train to Manhattan.

How about in your city and some pics?

Metropark Station in Edison, NJ.
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Old July 11th, 2006, 10:16 AM   #2
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Most suburban stations here have their own carparks but they're not very big. However, there's a huge abandoned General Motors factory that has its own station which is ripe for conversion into a park and ride facility.

Stations that sit on zone boundaries tend to get more park and ride passengers for obvious reasons though.
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Old July 11th, 2006, 10:29 AM   #3
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Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Sydney do have the park and ride facilities. I believe all the major cities do have this kind of facilities too.
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Old July 11th, 2006, 11:25 AM   #4
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The majority of railway stations in Melbourne have parking facilities which are free. The inner suburban stations usually have smaller car parks but in the outer area some parking area are quite large.

Melbourne also has a specific Park'n'Ride program organised by the government where you drive most of the way into town and then park at either the museum or at the football stadium at Docklands and from there take a tram into the city. You buy a park and ride ticket which is the tram fare and the parking fare combined into one with a bit of a discount applied.
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Old July 11th, 2006, 12:31 PM   #5
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British cities are obsessed with Park and Ride. My city has four currently, 2 of them by bus and 2 by rail. There are 3 more rail ones on the cards and 6 more bus ones, as well as one for a tram.
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Old July 11th, 2006, 12:34 PM   #6
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HK doesn't have a park and ride except for some stations. Most likely will be shopping mall carpark where either an MTR or KCR is connected.
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Old July 11th, 2006, 01:53 PM   #7
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HK did have park and ride facilities...

MTR promoted one at Tsim Tsa Tsui for a time being but like you said, as lng as there are shopping centres with car parks close to the stations, then it can be considered something close to a park and ride facility.

Melbourne doesn't have designated park and ride for trains but is not heavily promoted, as its a norm for Melbournians.

Tram park and ride is a bit of a expensive one, but aimed at the odd user to avoid driving within inner city.
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Old July 11th, 2006, 02:04 PM   #8
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HK did have park and ride facilities...

MTR promoted one at Tsim Tsa Tsui for a time being but like you said, as lng as there are shopping centres with car parks close to the stations, then it can be considered something close to a park and ride facility.

Melbourne doesn't have designated park and ride for trains but is not heavily promoted, as its a norm for Melbournians.

Tram park and ride is a bit of a expensive one, but aimed at the odd user to avoid driving within inner city.
Well the only place in HK I know that is close to Park & Ride is The Hung Hom KCR station.
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Old July 11th, 2006, 03:48 PM   #9
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Well the only place in HK I know that is close to Park & Ride is The Hung Hom KCR station.
There's a park and ride at Kam Sheung Road station.
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Old July 11th, 2006, 04:18 PM   #10
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Most suburban commuter train stations around Malm÷ have parking lots, but as far as I know, only some really use the park-and-ride system extensively. A lot of people live within walking or biking-distance to the stations anyway.
A lot of people ride their bicycles to the stations, bring the bicycle onboard the train and and continue on the bicycle towards their workplace in central Malm÷ or Copenhagen - since it's allowed to bring bicycles onboard all trains in the CPH/Malm÷ area, except for the Metro in CPH. I wonder what this is called - bike-and-ride?
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Old July 11th, 2006, 08:50 PM   #11
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Here in Cincinnati (and probably in most other mid-sized us cities) the only transit service outside of 10 miles from downtown(pretty much) is park-and-ride to CBD bus service
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There are 1,500 parking stalls along the Hiawatha LRT line in Minneapolis that tend to serve commuters going to the CBD.

Overall there were about 19,900 park-and-ride stalls in 2005 with 13,000 stalls in addition that were planned. Accroding to a plan from 2005, the 2004 average usage rate was 68% - or about 12,895 (of 19,111 stalls in 2004). In 2004, there were 125 facilities to park at.

For those who don't know, Minneapolis and St. Paul are neighboring cities...so of that 19,900 stalls, 10,993 were in the Minneapolis "travel corridor" and 4,192 were in the St. Paul "travel corridor."

Read more about the detailed report at: http://www.metrocouncil.org/parkride...May25_2005.pdf

Edit: I don't believe there is a charge to park - unless you park at one of the airport terminals that has extra parking capacity...

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Old July 12th, 2006, 02:27 AM   #13
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Almost all stations outside inner cities have it in Denmark on some scale...

But in Copenhagen I don't think it's very used, as most people either drive all the way to work, or use public transportation as the entire metro area is well covered.. or ofcause bike ( we have bike paths along ALL bigger streets, and most inner city residents use bike atleast doing the summer, and some like me year round ).
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Old July 12th, 2006, 06:21 AM   #14
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Vancouver has almost no park and ride facilities. Other than the WCE system, (and one in Surrey), I don't think there are any. Worse, the skytrain system stops at a lot of malls with big empty lots, but your legally not allowed to use them for park and ride or you can get towed. I would use transit so much more if I could park and ride!
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Old July 12th, 2006, 06:34 AM   #15
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Most of Toronto's commuter rail stations are park and ride. I think there are about 50,000 spaces in total which covers 56 stations.

Parking is free but you can pay for a reserved spot if you choose.
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Old July 12th, 2006, 07:00 AM   #16
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Chicago has park and rides... ranging from $1.50 to about $3ish for the whole day. Most of them in the $2 range unless the park&ride are new Midway airport and O'Hare. There are park&ride in many stations in Chicago.
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And for another sort of park and ride, bicycle lockers are being installed at various stations in addition to the normal racks to encourage people to ride their bikes to the station. Normally, passengers are allowed to take bikes on the train but that's a very bad idea if you travel 9-5 considering the major overcrowding that occurs on most of Melbourne's lines.
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Vancouver has almost no park and ride facilities. Other than the WCE system, (and one in Surrey), I don't think there are any. Worse, the skytrain system stops at a lot of malls with big empty lots, but your legally not allowed to use them for park and ride or you can get towed. I would use transit so much more if I could park and ride!
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There are two in Richmond, one in Ladner, one in Tsawwassen, and more.
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Parking is free but you can pay for a reserved spot if you choose.
Make that a limited number of lots with "free" parking... and with a small window of parking (not weekdays)
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Many of the rail stations in LA have Park & Rides, space permitting, and there is also another type of park & ride called a Kiss & Ride, which is like a Park & Ride without the actual parking part of it. All the parking spcaes are free, except at the Union Station.
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