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Jakarta Post

Vehicle growth creates traffic nightmare for Bali

  • Luh De Suriyani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Thu, July 14 2011   /  11:11 am

The Bali administration’s task of solving traffic congestion is getting more challenging by the day, as the uncontrolled growth of vehicle ownership and lack of infrastructure threaten to engulf the island in commuter hell.

The number of private vehicles on the island, including cars and motorcycles, has reached 1.76 million, of which 20 percent are cars and 80 percent motorcycles.

The annual growth of private vehicle ownership is 12 percent, while the island’s road network is expanding by 2.28 per year.

Made Santha, head of the province’s transportation, information and communications office, said it was very difficult to encourage people to take public transportation.

“Public transportation facilities have reached only 2.5 percent of the total number of vehicles and only 0.8 percent of residents are willing to use it,” Santha said.

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