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Mitbana and Sinar Mas Land have unveiled plans to transform public transport services in BSD City, Greater Jakarta.
Mitbana, a joint venture company of Mitsubishi Corporation and Surbana Jurong, together with their Indonesian partner Sinar Mas Land, have unveiled plans to transform public transport services in Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) City, Tangerang, Greater Jakarta.
The plan, targeted for implementation in phases from 2022, aims to enhance accessibility to public amenities, boost ridership on public transport, improve connectivity to the Jakarta city center, and reduce the overall carbon footprint of BSD City through smart and sustainable mobility solutions.
These solutions will benefit commuters who currently utilise bus and train services at the Intermoda multi-modal hub in BSD City; this is also where a new Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is being developed by PT Sinar Mitbana Mas, the joint venture company of Mitbana and Sinar Mas Land. The six-hectare TOD is located beside the Cisauk commuter train station that connects directly to Jakarta’s Sudirman Central Business District, with anexisting bus interchange that serves the larger BSD City.
A key part of the plan will be the introduction of demand-responsive services to seamlessly connect commuters transferring from rail to the bus network (“BSD Link”) operated by Sinar Mas Land. PT Sinar Mitbana Mas will introduce a new mobility solution that uses smart algorithms to dynamically adjust bus routes in response to changes in road traffic conditions and demand patterns; this will be integrated with BSD City’s existing mobile application ‘Onesmile’ that contains other smart features. The smart mobility solution is also envisaged to be synchronised with the trains’ scheduled service timings to allow commuters to better plan their journeys, and help ease congestion to and from Central Jakarta.
Gareth Wong, Chief Executive Officer of Mitbana and President Director of PT Sinar Mitbana Mas, said, “TODs play an important role in alleviating the pressures of a rapidly urbanising population and promoting public transport options needed for a long-term sustainable future. A demand-responsive transit model that eases overcrowding and provides for safer commutes will truly be a game-changer as it lays the foundation for a smart and sustainable public transport infrastructure in BSD City.”
To support PT Sinar Mitbana Mas’ concept plan for smart transport solutions, a six-month comprehensive mobility planning study is being conducted by SWAT Mobility (SWAT), a Singapore-based smart mobility technology firm to assess the connectivity of existing BSD Link services. SWAT is doing this together with Singapore’s public transport operator SMRT Corporation.
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