Jakarta Bus Stop Revitalization

Jakarta’s Bus Stop Issue

Indonesia is one of the largest countries in the world that does not have a proper public transportation system. Out of the very limited public transportation services that Jakarta does offer, the Transjakarta buses are the main form of public transportation. Despite this, bus-stops continue to be run-down, damaged, and have not been maintained well over the years. Many of the bus stops around Jakarta are covered in grit and are littered with garbage. As a result, citizens refrain from traveling around Jakarta by bus due to these horrible conditions. Additionally, the overall growth in Indonesia’s economy has resulted in an increase in the market’s vehicle affordability. Having your own form of transportation has unfortunately become a mark of prestige while public transportation has become the opposite. Jakarta’s poor transportation has contributed towards this problematic notion, and thus citizens feel more inclined towards using their cars/motorcycles. This is one of the main factors that has led to the severe traffic and congestion in Jakarta.




Here is a video of Jakarta’s severe traffic which occurs on a daily basis.


The Importance of Bus Stops

Bus Stops are a necessity to any public transport bus service as they serve as a shelter for passengers waiting for the bus. In order to encourage more people to use public transportation, having an effective and organized system is essential to passengers. Without proper bus-stops, waiting becomes a major inconvenience. Therefore, bus stops need to be constructed well for the ease and comfort of passengers so that they not only safeguard those who are waiting for the bus but also provide a clean and welcoming space.

Below is a site analysis for one of the existing bus stops in Central Jakarta.




Based on the information above and the images from the site analysis, what do you think about the current bus stops in Jakarta?

The bus stops definitely need to be renovated!
The bus stops are fine and renovation is not required
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Inspiration Images





Design Overview

The primary aim of this bus-stop design is to develop an eco-friendly, functional, and clean space for all of Jakarta’s citizens. The bus stop will be a step forward in reducing the traffic congestion as more citizens will move towards using this public transportation service if there is a significant improvement. The bus stop will have recycled plastic bottles incorporated into the walls since there is a lot of plastic that goes to waste in Jakarta. It will also have plants throughout the space to further add to the sustainable aspect of the bus stop.

The bus stop will have shelter, seating and will be constructed in a way where it can be easily seen by passengers and bus drivers.  Furthermore, to prevent rainwater from entering into the bus stop, the design will have a wide roof as well as side panels to shield passengers from Jakarta’s strong rains. The wide roof will also aid in providing shade to passengers during sunny days.

Developing the Designs

To help me develop the designs of the bus stop, I sketched a bubble diagram, a site plan, and a floor plan. This allowed me to think about how exactly I would incorporate and organize all the elements I wanted to include in the design. The sketches helped me to visualize  the interior and the exterior of the bus stop, and the placement of the bus stop within its surroundings.




Foam Core & Cardboard Model:

SketchUp Drawings         .





Dimensions: 7m x 3.3m x 3.5m

(These dimensions are suitable for the larger sized bus stops found around Jakarta. However the design of the bus stop can be modified to fit any bus stop sizes including ones that have a smaller amount of space).


The site of the bus stops will remain the same as the existing bus stops. However, the entire structure will be fully renovated.






If you have any further questions about my project, feel free to write them down in the Padlet wall below and I will be sure to respond to them!

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  1. April 27, 2018 by Arman.Ozgen

    I think that this would be a good idea not just in Jakarta, but all over the world.

  2. April 28, 2018 by Jessica.Gould

    Amazing! Makes me want to wait for the bus! 🙂

    I really love how you found a very authentic way to provide positive influence in your larger community.

  3. April 29, 2018 by brendan.sarsfield

    Congratulations – this is a great project ! – I am very impressed by both your design thinking and the presentation of your work, you’ve clearly invested a great deal of thought, energy and time on this – I would suggest you send this off to your municipal transport offices and ask for some feedback – they may get back to you or they may even take up your proposal for real – it’s got to be worth a try ! – (I’m the Architecture teacher from the other Architecture class – I’ll be asking my students to visit your page…. well done !!)

    • May 02, 2018 by Danielle Fernandes

      Thank you so much, Mr. Sarsfield! Your feedback on my project means a lot! I have thought about moving forward with this project but wasn’t exactly sure how I would do so. I will definitely keep your suggestion in mind in taking the next steps forward.

  4. April 29, 2018 by Jo Ann Chai

    This project has one of the best models I’ve seen in the architecture classes! The natural lighting really helps make it look artsy. The sketchup design also looks amazing! It is super detailed and I get a sense of the mood you are trying to achieve for the bus stop. How long did those two take you?

    • May 02, 2018 by Danielle Fernandes

      Thank you so much, Jo Ann!! I’m not exactly sure how long they took me, but I’m guessing approximately three hours for each of them.

  5. April 29, 2018 by Emi Amaki

    This is a great project, good job! Buses are a great way to save natural resources and having a clean, well-designed bus stop cannot do any harm. Your sketch up models are amazing! The side panelings are a nice addition to keep the passengers dry.

  6. April 30, 2018 by Allison Bunker

    This project is so cool! I love being able to see the entire design process you used and the final designs turned out beautifully!

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