Real-time parking availability for Opal Park&Ride
Transport for NSW is launching a new trial that allows customers to see how many spaces are available at four Opal Park&Ride car parks before they decide to drive there.
A TfNSW spokesperson said the innovative solution will enable public transport customers to plan their journey more efficiently before leaving home and further improve customer experience at commuter car parks.
“Customers can access real-time car park occupancy data via an app before they jump in the car and decide whether to make alternative arrangements like walking, cycling or catching public transport,” the TfNSW spokesperson said.
“Opal Park&Ride is about ensuring car parks are saved for their intended purpose – for those travelling on public transport and we hope this new trial will make customers more informed about their transport options.”
Transport for NSW has installed smart parking systems at Opal Park&Ride car parks at Seven Hills, Kogarah, Ashfield and Manly Vale, enabling car park occupancy data to be collected and released on the Open Data Hub. The information is now available to a select group of endorsed third party app developers.
“AnyTrip is the first third party app developer to support this trial. The real-time car park feature will provide customers with an approximate number of parking spaces available at each location along with predictive occupancy patterns based on historical data.”
Opal Park&Ride protects parking spaces for genuine public transport customers by giving them up to 18 hours free parking each day when they tap on and off with their Opal card. Those who don’t qualify for free parking will be charged $30 on weekdays and $10 on weekends.