Frequent queues of motorcycles in the Nusa Dua gate make the Jasamarga Bali Tol (JBT) add two additional ticket booths for motorcycle so there will be a total of four ticket booths. All this time, there are only two motorcycle ticket booths in Nusa Dua gate. Meanwhile, the motorcycles crossing the toll road from Nusa
Frequent queues of motorcycles in the Nusa Dua gate make the Jasamarga Bali Tol (JBT) add two additional ticket booths for motorcycle so there will be a total of four ticket booths. All this time, there are only two motorcycle ticket booths in Nusa Dua gate. Meanwhile, the motorcycles crossing the toll road from Nusa Dua direction are quite a lot.
When confirmed, Spokesperson of the Jasamarga Bali Toll, Putu Gandhi Ginatra, said the motorcycles crossing the toll road in the afternoon are mostly in the Nusa Dua gate when compared to other points because the afternoon is the time of going home from workplace. Therefore, the Nusa Dua toll gate is often hit by long queue of motorcycles in the afternoon. “On that account, to reduce the queue from the Nusa Dua direction, we add two more ticket booths for motorcycle, so that traffic jam can be resolved,” he said.
With the addition of 2 ticket booths for motorcycle in Nusa Dua gate, the Bali Mandara Toll as a whole has ten automatic toll gates (GTO) for motorcycles. In Benoa, there are three automatic toll gates for motorcycles, three gates in Ngurah Rai and four gates in Nusa Dua.
Meanwhile, the distance of each ticket booth is ascertained to have been calculated and measured so that it will not disturb the road users when making transaction. Motorcycles have a standard distance of 1.25 meters. “We added the ticket booth in Nusa Dua because the space is still possible, so we dismantle the barrier or the mound behind the gate and divide it into four. Thus, the ticket booth will slightly move backwards,” he said.
He told the addition of such ticket booth has been planned prior to the underpass project because he estimated the tendency of traffic congestion on the toll road. “In the morning, the traffic congestion occurs in Benoa gate, but it is not too urgent because there have been three gate plus a multifunctional gate that can be allocated for motorcycle and car. Similarly, the Ngurah Rai gate has indeed a relatively quiet traffic compared to the other two gates,” he explained.
All this time, the vehicle traffic in the Bali Mandara Toll averagely reaches 40,000-44,000 per day, where the gate of Nusa Dua and Benoa are the largest contributor reaching around 40 percent per day from the total vehicles passing through the Bali Mandara Toll. Meanwhile, the Ngurah Rai gate contributes to about 20 percent of the total vehicles. “In terms of traffic percentage, motorcycle is 45 percent and car is 55 percent,” he said.
He did not denied if congestion frequently occurs in Nusa Dua gate. It is admitted because the traffic entering the Bali Mandara Toll indeed increased after the workmanship of Ngurah Rai underpass project. Vehicle from Nusa Dua direction tends to directly pass through toll road when they wish to go to Denpasar. “At Ngurah Rai point, we also see an increase, but not significant,” he added.
Gandhi disclosed that currently in Nusa Dua has been operated three ticket booths for motorcycle, while another one is scheduled to be finished in March. He also appealed to the people using the Bali Mandara Toll to always ensure if they bring along the electronic money (Unik) and make sure if the balance is enough to pay toll road so as to avoid long queue at toll gate. (kmb)