By Sheila Sri Priya
The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will increase the public parking fee in the city centre to discourage the use of private vehicles.
However this will only be implemented once public transportation has been improved and walkways have been constructed.
Mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad said traffic congestion was caused by too many cars on the road, especially in areas such as Section 52.
She was speaking at the MBPJ Budget 2014 announcement on Monday.
“The council wants to encourage more people to use public transport. More park-and-ride facilities will be provided in areas such as the Asia Jaya LRT station,” she said.
She added there would be a feeder bus for commuters within Section 52 and nearby areas as well as more covered walkways to encourage people to walk.
There are also plans to reduce the number of public parking bays so that walkways can be widened.
The one-way traffic loop system of Jalan Utara and Jalan Barat, which will run on a three-month trial beginning Jan 1 next year, is also aimed at helping to ease traffic congestion.
Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran said public transportation facilities must be in place before any increase in the parking fee was implemented.