Mawson Park and Ride will soon have permit-only spaces

Media Release: Katy Gallagher MLA

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, announced today that the Park and Ride permit system has been improved with additional permit sites, the introduction of a ‘city-wide’ permit and the development of designated permit parking areas.

“From Monday 2 July 2012, changes will be implemented to the Park and Ride permit system to improve accessibility to the service, which help reduce car only trips, which in turn alleviates traffic on our roads and pressure on our town centre parking,” the Chief Minister said.

“Two new permit areas have been established at Mawson and Mitchell to ensure that users of the Park and Ride service have more opportunities to get a car park and continue their journey via bus. Fifteen dedicated Park and Ride spaces have been allocated at the Mitchell site and 64 spaces at Mawson to assist with access.

“The new improvements will also see the introduction of a single ‘city-wide’ permit that can be used across Canberra’s five permit Park and Ride facilities, providing users with greater flexibility in their transport options,” the Chief Minister said.

Park and Ride permits are available to MyWay users who have $90 ($40 for concession holders) or more in their MyWay account (at the time of application) at no extra charge. MyWay users who utilise the auto-load payment method also qualify for a permit at no extra charge.

Permits are issued after a users’ account balance and travel history is validated. Permits can only be issued for the following calendar month.

Permit Park and Ride facilities are available at Mitchell, Belconnen Bus Station, Woden Bus Station, Mawson and Tuggeranong Bus Station. Permit free Park and Ride centres are located at Charnwood Shopping Centre, Kippax Centre, Jamison Centre, Curtin Shops, Kambah Centre, Kambah Village Shops, Chisholm Shops and Calwell Shops.

Park and Ride along with Bike and Bus (which allows users to combine cycling with bus travel) are some of the initiatives that the ACT Government has embraced to encourage people to utilise public transport.

“Our aim is to give Canberrans using public transport as many choices as possible. The ACT Government’s Transport for Canberra plan outlines a goal of 23 percent of Canberrans using public transport, walking or cycling to work by 2016,” the Chief Minister concluded.

To apply for a Park and Ride permit complete an online application at www.transport.act.gov.au/park_and_ride.

For further information regarding the changes please contact the MyWay Administration Office on 6207 7711 or at myway@act.gov.au