New Bus Network for Southern Bali

DENPASAR

A new network of public buses linking the key areas of southern Bali is due to start operating this month.

The Trans-Sarbagita network connects Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar and Tabanan.

A total of 15 new buses have been ordered from Jakarta, with five already delivered, and the remaining 10 due by August 10. Each bus can carry 40 seated passengers, and a further 20 standing.

Fares will cost between Rp2,500 and Rp3,500 (29-41 US cents). One route – Number 15, running on Corridor II – will connect the Batubulan Terminal in Gianyar Regency with Nusa Dua, with 24 scheduled stops along the way.

Head of the Transport, Information and Communications Department I Made Santha, said that Corridor II would be the first route to become operational.

“The bus will certainly start running in August, although I don’t yet know exactly what date it will become operation,” he said.

Two other routes will be launched later – Corridor I, linking the Catur Muka statue in Denpasar with the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue in Jimbaran, and Corridor II connecting Jl Gatot Subroto, Canggu and Ngurah Rai Internation Airport.

Santha said smaller buses had been ordered for Corridor I as the roads were smaller and more congested than the other routes.

“It goes along narrow roads, so we can use buses that are too big,” he said.  The route would likely become operational in 2012.

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