Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Special Capital Region (DKI) of Jakarta provincial government has planned to increase the number of parking areas integrated with public transport, better known as park and ride areas.

"We will continue to increase the number of park and ride areas in order to help citizens who wish to make use of public transportation," DKI Regional Secretary Saefullah remarked here on Thursday.

Park and ride facilities are parking lots with public transport connections that allow commuters and other people heading to the city center to leave their vehicles and transfer to a bus, rapid transit, light rail, or commuter rail for the remainder of the journey.

These facilities help commuters who live beyond practical walking distance from the railway station or bus stop.

They may also be helpful for commuters with alternative fuel vehicles, which often have reduced range, since the facility is probably closer to home than the ultimate destination.

Saefullah explained that park and ride facilities have been available in the bus terminals of Kampung Rambutan, Kalideres, Pulogebang, Ragunan, Pinang Ranti, and the area of MH Thamrin Street in Central Jakarta.

"This year, we will add the park and ride facility at Kebon Kacang in Tanah Abang, ITC Cempaka Mas, and in Roxi," Saefulla remarked.

He expressed hope that with the many park and ride areas, more and more citizens will use public transportation for their daily activities.(*)

Editor: Heru Purwanto
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