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The sight of passengers swimming ashore from the wreckage of a Lion Air plane that missed a runway and crashed into the ocean off the Indonesian resort island of Bali on April 13 was not the only thing about the airline that drew big headlines this year.
Bali may be a world famous tourism site with a myriad of swanky cafes and luxurious hotels, but the paradise island is still yet to have any solid mass public transportation facility.
A mob attacked police officers at the Depok Lama train station in West Java after the National Police Mobile Brigade unit fired a warning shot to order passengers to descend from the roof of a train on Thursday night.
From breakdowns to stare-downs, cramped spaces and nausea-inducing smells, all complemented by a wide array of farm animals, Indonesia’s public transportation options provided me with a serious number of often hard-earned lessons.
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.
Traffic congestion at Bali’s busy Dewa Ruci intersection connecting Sanur, Kuta and Denpasar areas will be eased as soon as construction of the island’s first underpass, scheduled for completion in May 2013, is finished.
Indonesia has adopted a potentially deadly new tactic in an attempt to stop people illegally riding the roofs of trains.