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The Reluctance to Ride the Bus in Bali

Expert Identifies Better Routes and Batter Bus Stops Essential to Attracting the Public to Use Bali Sarbagita Bus System

(3/15/2014) Public transportation in Bali, such as Bali’s Sarbagita Bus System, suffers generally from a lack of popular demand. Brand-new half-filled buses travel down Bali’s highways despite relatively low fares and modern buses equipped with air conditioning.

As reported by Metrobali.com, an expert on public transportation and infrastructure A.A. Putu Ngurah Wirawan, said speaking on Saturday, March 15, 2013: “The reason why people are still reluctant to take the public bus is because of the lack of attention that has been paid to bus stops. For example, on the Tohpati to Nusa Dua route, the bus stops are not convenient for passengers. The bus stop located on the side of the road are very narrow. Passengers waiting for the bus are left standing in the heat and dust created by passing vehicles. This is why people don’t want to ride the Sarbagita Bus System.”

In order to make public transport in Bali more attractive to the public, a new approach using Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is now being put in place where bus stops are being combined with locations shared by hotels, malls and shops to improve the convenience of using public transportation.

Praising the Sarbagita Bus System in general, Wirawan said the routes traveled by the busses do not meet the aspirations of the public and the bus stops in inconvenient and poorly planned locations are combining to dissuade the public from taking the bus.