A new transportation project will soon be underway in Bali, and the government is hopeful that these efforts will optimize economic growth by attracting tourists.
With the introduction of this railway system, visitors and locals alike will have a convenient way to travel between Badung and Buleleng.
In addition to enhancing public transportation, this railway also seeks to minimize the economic imbalances the island is enduring. Equally exciting are the updates that will be made to the Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit system.
With these improvements, the ART will connect the Ngurah Rai International Airport to Sanur, offering easy access to Bali’s main airport. Fortunately, investors have taken a vested interest in both projects, but it’s presumed that upgrading the ART will require less funding. The Trans Sarbagita is also expected to receive enhancements. More specifically, it will connect Denpasar, Gianyar, Tabanan, and Badung, which are considered hotspots for economic activity. Officials fully support these initiatives, stating that railways offer streamlined transportation without taking up too much land.
Best of all, these infrastructure projects may improve traffic patterns in Bali. Many know that navigating Bali’s roads is best done on a two-wheeler. While locals are familiar with these vehicles, the same can’t be said for tourists. Since visitors are eager to have an authentic Bali experience, they often opt to operate these motorcycles themselves.
Unfortunately, this seemingly innocent act has created nightmarish traffic jams throughout Bali. On these narrow roads, it’s almost impossible to get around confused tourists who are aimlessly driving around.
Some Bali natives fear that traffic congestion will impact people’s ability to get to work, attract business, and they’re even concerned that they’ll lose their culture. With that said, the arrival of an efficient transportation system will hopefully get tourists off the road and onto railways.