– Paul Barter, Adjunct Professor, School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
* Latest online version at https://goo.gl/SWvxvE.)
* Exracts: Article by http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38252405
The town of Summit, New Jersey, is about 30 miles west of Manhattan. It has a population of around 20,000. While I’ve never been there myself, I can tell you one thing: finding a parking spot at the train station can be a complete nightmare.
So Mayor Nora Radest was planning to do the obvious and build more spaces to accommodate the growing demand. It would have cost around $10m (£7.9m).That’s an awful lot of money, and so instead she took on an interesting experiment. Everyone who has a parking permit at the station is now entitled to a free Uber ride to and from their homes.
Kindest thanks to the ever-observant Anil Netto for drawing this to my attention. And in fact at the back of my mind as I wrote the piece was the hope that this had been done but sitting here on the other side of the planet, I did not have the info at hand.
He pointed me to an article entitled “From Park(ing) Day, to Bersih 4, to Pakatan Harapan” at http://aliran.com/newsletters/2015-newsletters/from-parking-day-to-bersih-4-to-pakatan-harapan/, where I learned:
- Penang has already done it in 2015.
- As far as they know, George Town is the first city in Malaysia to celebrate Park(ing) Day.
How it worked in 2015 *
The Penang State Government is planning to introduce Park & Ride service for those who commute to Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone (FIZ).
In your opinion, do you think this system may help to reduce congestion particularly the roads leading to the FIZ?