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The Need for Train Service in Bali

Head of Bali's Tourism Transportation Association Thinks a Scheduled Rail Service would Help Solve a Multitude of Problems in Bali.

(5/2/2011) The chairman of the Bali Tourist Transport Association (PAWIBA), Bagus Soediana, told Bisnis Bali on Thursday, May 28, 2011, that a fixed schedule train service traversing the island would do much to reduce traffic and population pressures.

A fast, efficient and affordable train service would, according to Soediana, have many benefits for Bali. The use of private vehicles and the pollution they cause would be reduced as visitors and residents alike opting to use the faster and more affordable alternative of travel by train.

Soediana also suggested that a regular train service could offer different classes of service and separate cars for the transport of cargo. In this way, trucks arriving at Bali's two main sea ports could discharge the cargo at the ports for transfer to trains in order to reduce truck traffic in Bali.

Another advantage offered by a regular train service would be the mobility such a system would offer to Balinese who would be able to reside in north Bali while  working in South Bali's tourism centers.