The first metropolitan commuter car parks come into service

These first two car parks, which make it easier for commuters to switch to public transport at Barcelona's access points, are located in Castelldefels and Sant Joan Despí.

The Park & Ride service reserves places exclusively for P+R service users, and they are signposted as such. The system works using a mobile app that activates the service and a machine that validates the use of public transport. Times are synchronised with local train schedules and the system is operational from Monday to Friday.

This week, the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (BMA) opened its first metropolitan P+R commuter car parks. The aim is to reduce the use of private motor vehicles at the city’s access points, by encouraging motorists to change to public transport when entering Barcelona.

The municipalities of Castelldefels and Sant Joan Despí were chosen for the first two metropolitan Park & Ride (P+R) commuter car parks. The Castelldefels car park has 100 places, while the one in Sant Joan Despí has 41. Both car parks are next to “Rodalies” train stations for local train services.

The P+R service reserves places exclusively for P+R service users, and they are signposted as such. The system works using a mobile app that activates the service and a machine that validates the use of public transport. Times are synchronised with local train schedules and the system is operational from Monday to Friday.

It is planned to extend this system to other metropolitan municipalities in the near future, while also making the best use of data available through T-Mobilitat. In its preliminary study, the BMA located 6,000 parking places around train stations in BMA municipalities, and it is planned to reserve 1,500 of them for preferred use by public transport users.

The P+R system favours a reduction in the levels of atmospheric pollution in the Metropolitan Area, as it fosters the use of public transport at access points to Barcelona.