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Does Bali Need a Rail System?

Candidate for Legislative Office Says Bali Must Develop a Mass Transit Rail System.

(1/12/2014) An Indonesian transportation community leader, Anak Agung Ngurah Wiryawan, has stated that Bali needs alternative forms of transportation, such as a train service circling the island.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Wiryawan said: “With the congestion of roadways in Bali, especially in the South, the government must be thinking of providing public transportation to facilitate movement.”

He continued to say that if plans were not formulated soon, traffic in Bali will become completely congested in 10-15 years time and begin to resemble other areas like Jakarta and Surabaya.

“This is the prediction because the growth in vehicles is outpacing the creation of new roads. There are no limits on vehicle growth, while at the same time additional road capacity is not being built,” said Wiryawan.

The former youth leader and candidate for legislative office in the April 2014 elections said he hopes Bali would build a rail-based mass transport system connecting the regions with the cities of Bali.