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.
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.
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.
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