Together with Batam there are three other cities, namely Pekanbaru, Riau Province, Semarang, Central Java Province, and Bandung, West Java Province.
“So we choose the pilot project in the provincial capital and big cities. Batam is one of the big cities, “said Secretary of the Directorate General of Land Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation, Cucu Mulyana, at the Batam Mayor’s Office on Friday (4/1).
On this occasion, Cucu also handed over 10 units of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) fleet from the Ministry of Transportation to the Batam City Government. The handover was carried out in front of the Batam Mayor’s Office with a traditional procession of flat flour pat. Then proceed to test the vehicle (test drive).
“This is Batam the third time, ever in 2009, then 2015,” said Cucu.
According to him, mass transportation like this bus is the main prerequisite for a modern city. Because transportation is an urban artery.
“Everyone certainly wants the existence of urban transportation with mass transportation, namely buses in this case BRT. But surely the local government is nervous because city transportation has become so dominant that once the bus appears, there is a rejection, “he said.
Cucu said that the full implementation of Indobus is planned to be realized in 2020. Batam, according to him, is ready to run this program. Because it already has a fleet, good management, and facilities are also available. However, the Ministry of Transportation will continue to provide assistance because this BRT uses technology higher than most buses.
Batam Mayor Muhammad Rudi thanked the bus for assistance from the Ministry. He hopes that in the following years Batam will get an additional fleet of aid. So that it can replace the existence of city transportation that is not roadworthy.
“I send a letter, ask for 50. Now it can be 10. If next year is given 40 again, Jono (minibus city transportation) can be reduced. The driver can be this bus driver. I entrusted it, the bus took the Jono driver so they would keep working, “he said.
Rudi said Pemko Batam was committed to this mass transportation service. A few days ago a commitment to operational bus budgeting was signed.
“Special route questions, need to be seated together technically. While space (space) exists, why not. In order to pursue modern transportation that is not jammed, it does not break down, go ahead. Because to become a modern city, one of them is how many people use public transportation. “It is necessary to prepare a comfortable transportation,” he said.
With the increase of these 10 bus units, the total Trans Batam Bus owned by Pemko Batam is 82 units. A total of 26 procurement units are through the Batam City regional revenue and expenditure budget. A total of 41 units are assistance from the Directorate General of Land Transportation, and 15 units of assistance from BPJS Employment.
The Trans Batam Bus has served 8 corridors, corridor I Sekupang – Batam Center, served 12 buses, corridor II Tanjung Uncang – Batam Center, serviced by 6 buses, Sekupang – Jodoh Corridor III, serviced by 10 bus units, Corridor IV Sagulung – Sekupang, serviced by 5 bus units, Corridor V Jodoh – Batam Center, served 6, corridor VI Tg.Piayu – Batam Center, serviced by 6 bus units, corridor VII Nongsa – Batam Center, serviced by 6 buses and corridor VIII Punggur-Jodoh, served by 6 buses. From the planned development of the corridor there are 3 corridors that have not been realized, namely, the Nongsa-Jodoh corridor, the Nongsa-Punggur corridor and the Tembesi-Galang corridor.