According to Radar Bali, the decision by Bali’s governor to grant free buss service on the Sarbagita Bus System through the end of August has resulted in a surge in passengers using the service.
Loads have also been augmented by a temporary change in the routes to facilitate people wishing to attend the month-long Bali Arts Festival.
Passenger loads have increased by some 30% in recent weeks, with occupancy levels during weekend periods reaching 100%.
The head of the management team for Sarbagita, IB Parsha, told the press on June 20, 2012, “before the service was made free of charge, the average number of passengers per day stood at 2,812 passengers.” Parsha now estimates that for the week of June 17 the average stood at 5,591 passengers.
Parsha said that in the month since the introduction of the free service the income of the Sarbagita bus system has declined around Rp. 180 million (US$19.400)
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