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Park and Ride-City bus service first stage launched

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday launched the first stage of the Park and Ride-City Bus Service at the Makumbura Multimodal Transport Centre in Kottawa. Picture shows the President on board one of the buses with Transport Minister Gamini Lokuge and State Minister of Vehicle Regulation, Bus Transport Services, Train Compartments and Motor Car Industry Dilum Amunugama. Pictures courtesy Presidential Media Division

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday launched the first stage of the Park and Ride-City Bus Service at the Makumbura Multimodal Transport Centre in Kottawa. Picture shows the President on board one of the buses with Transport Minister Gamini Lokuge and State Minister of Vehicle Regulation, Bus Transport Services, Train Compartments and Motor Car Industry Dilum Amunugama. Pictures courtesy Presidential Media Division 

The first stage of the Park and Ride-City Bus service was launched by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Makumbura Multimodal Transport Centre in Kottawa yesterday.

One of the main aims of the system is to reduce the traffic congestion experienced on roads during the morning and evening peak hours by offering comfortable and safe bus services for motorists and motorcycle riders who usually use their vehicles to come to Colombo. It will also control air pollution and bring relief to the stressed out motorists who have to spend hours in the traffic.

Those who arrive in their private vehicles will be able to park their vehicles in a parking lot and travel to Colombo in luxury buses belonging to the Sri Lanka Transport Board.

Under this system, people could reach the city of Colombo via four routes.

Buses will carry the passengers according to the number of seats available in the buses. The bus fare is double the usual rates of the SLTB bus fare. This system was designed to run a City Bus every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is planned to operate 64 bus turns per day.

Buses will operate every 25 minutes during the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. time period. Those who arrive in their private vehicles will be able to park their vehicles at a parking lot with no charges being levied.

The Vehicle Regulation, Bus Transport Services and Train Compartments and Motor Car Industry Ministry and the Sri Lanka Transport Board are jointly implementing the bus service. The Transport Ministry has also introduced a special App to provide information on the bus service.