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Tuesday, 05 March 2019
The highly successful Opal Park and Ride program will be rolled out at 10 more train station commuter car parks giving more public transport customers access to free parking across the rail network.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said planning work to convert 10 carparks to Opal Park and Ride will begin immediately, which will allow commuters travelling with an Opal Card to park for up to 18 hours for free.
“The goal is to make sure commuter carparks are available for those actually using public transport, and not those who might be shopping or working locally,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Opal Park and Ride is already working at 10 locations and today the NSW Government is committing to convert carparks at Kiama, Sutherland, Penrith, Holsworthy, Gosford, Campbelltown, Hornsby, Warwick Farm, Revesby and Jannali.”
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the program is needed because research showed almost half of people who use commuter car parks at train stations do not catch public transport.
“There is a high demand for commuter car parks and Opal Park and Ride is about ensuring car parks are saved for their intended purpose – for people who are using public transport,” Mr Constance said.
“At the same time this Government is delivering more commuter car parking spaces. We have added more than 6000 spaces with another 6000 in planning or under construction.”
Customers who do not catch public transport within 18 hours from the time of entry will be charged at a daily rate in line with the commercial rates for the local area. 
Opal Park and Ride has already been rolled out to Ashfield, Brookvale, Dee Why, Gordon, Kogarah, Manly Vale, Mona Vale, Narrabeen, Seven Hills and Warriewood.