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Plan calls for cheap car parking

CAR drivers can enjoy cheap parking starting today if they park at designated lots near two Metro lines and take subways downtown, the Shanghai Transport and Port Authority said yesterday.

The parking fee is 10 yuan (US$1.46) per car between 5:30am and 11:30pm every day under a trial park-and-ride scheme.

The scheme means drivers can park near a public transport link and transfer to a bus, subway or carpool for the rest of their trip.

The driver picks up the vehicle on their way home.

Park-and-ride schemes have proven effective in many big cities abroad as they can ease traffic pressure, reduce the need for car parks in city centers, help control pollution and save energy, city officials said.

Car owners like the idea.

"Parking is troublesome in crowded downtown Shanghai and the cost is huge," said Wang Guisong. "It will be good that we can park our cars cheaply and transfer to subways."

"The government should build a wider public transport network with better coverage," he said.

Authorities said it will make improvements to the park-and-ride scheme based on this pilot program's results.

The service is now only available at two parking lots. One has 292 spaces on the east side of Fuquan Road near Songhong Road Station on Metro Line 2. The other has 70 spaces on Hongmei Road near Line 1's Jinjiang Amusement Park Station.

Drivers can use transport cards to check-in and pay.


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