Bus Sarbagita to minimize traffic jamp in Denpasar city
(Balitrips.net) / 01 Sep 2012
Transportation is an absolute necessity in every metropolitan city and so is in Badung and Denpasar as a tourism city in Bali now overwhelmed by myriads of vehicles. To resolve the congestion occurred, Bali government through the Ministry of Transportation of Republic of Indonesia launched the Trans Sarbagita (Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar and Tabanan) bus program.
The bus coming into operation since August 17, 2011, is very comfortable and suitable to cope with congestion in the Southern Bali region. Currently, the route opened is Batubulan – Nusa Dua (vice versa) via Kuta (Central Parking) and operational hour begins at 05:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Local Time.
Bali Travel Newspaper had an opportunity to try the bus service during the recent Idul Fitri holiday. As seen, many Balinese people performed recreation with family by the bus. While waiting at the bus stop at Serangan, it was actually very comfortable, but the strong enough winds on Jalan Bypass Sanur could make people to catch a cold. “Well, we can easily catch a cold here,” said one of the waiting passengers.
About 20 minutes later, the Sarbagita Bus arrived where the seats had been fully occupied. Some passengers would like to have recreation, while some others used the bus for their daily activities. Friendly service extended by bus attendant made the passengers feel comfortable. As a result, taking this bus would be a wise alternative and stress on the road could be avoided.
When taking passengers at the bus stop, it still looked to lack of arrangement where the passengers leaving the bus should be given priority and then the boarding passengers. As seen, the impatient passengers would collide.
Some suggestions were collected by Bali Travel Newspaper from the bus passengers. Almost all of them were happy to welcome the launch of such public transport. Other than for overcoming the congestion, it could also be taken advantage as an alternative for traveling within the city.
Apparently, it still had some shortcomings, such as the absence of public toilet facilities at the bus stop because there were some passengers who should hold urine until their destination. Other passenger advised to make the bus stop near public activity centers like schools because the bus stop in Sanur was located far away. “It will be very good if our children attending school in SMP 9 can catch this bus. Unfortunately, the bus stop is not near their school,” said a mother riding the bus.
There was also a hotel employee working in Nusa Dua who already took advantage of the bus. He revealed there should be public awareness to use the mass transportation because it would reduce the traffic congestion in Southern Bali.
Meanwhile, the traveling time of the bus from Batubulan to Nusa Dua was 2.5 hours to 3 hours. During rush hours, it could reach 4 hours both ways. This happened due to lacking of public awareness where other road users often stole the bus lane. At least, there should be socialization to the public to grow their sense of belonging for the realization of Bali free from congestion.
SARBAGITA means : this bus will be operated for regencies of : Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar, Tabanan.
If you would like to go to Sanur, Kuta, Nusa Dua please try this air conditioned bus. It is comfortable and relaxing. Just wait at the halter close to your area.
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