We at Open Brunei reflected on our experiences of the metro services in Singapore, London and at major cities around the world, and wondered what a metro service would look like in Brunei. Where would the stations stop by? How many lines would there be? How would it all fit together?
And so, after much messing around, using the data available to us, we propose to you – drumroll, please – a metro service for the Brunei-Muara district.
Routes: A Glimpse (back to Top)
- 6 routes
- 69 stations
- Longest Route: Central Line covering 26.94 miles
- Shortest Route: Circle Line covering the distance of 10 miles.
The routes and interchanges pinned on Google Maps.
- This is not a “real” proposal. Not at all. Consider this a fun exercise in creating a graphic of what a route map of a metro service in Brunei would look like if it existed. The use of real data is a plus, as it helps us, and you, to understand that it is not easy to construct a transportation system that caters to the public. For more on this, see our Appendix “Development of Routes”.
- We would like to point out that, in this exercise, we are not taking into account the feasibility of such a system. There have already been discussions about such a system in Brunei; read our Appendix “Background”. Leaving aside the limited infrastructure and costs related to building a metro service, this proposal offers a glimpse into such a transportation system in Brunei. We invite you to imagine with us, and comment accordingly. 😀
- We have no connections to this website or this image that has been distributed on Whatsapp. They both propose similar concepts and by no means do we think we have come up with a unique idea.
This is not a “real” proposal. It has not been submitted to any of the relevant authorities. We have no formal connections to the BSB Masterplan, the Land Transport Department, transportation committees or other related organisations.
Routes: Details (back to Top)
There are seven interchange stations: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei International Airport, Gadong, Kiulap, Sengkurong A, Serusop, and Universiti Brunei Darussalam. They are concentrated in areas where people are likely to change stations for work or school.
Initially the Central line was made up of two lines connected at Bandar Seri Begawan station, one catering to Mukim Gadong A and B, and the other to Mukim Lumapas and Mukim Pengkalan Batu. After some thought it made more sense to create a Central line, to connect them both.
The Circle line was created to service some of the major government buildings, from the Old Airport Area station and the Jalan Menteri Besar station. During sporting occasions or marathon events, the National Stadium station can be used to ease congestion. The train used for this line will be running far more regularly in comparison to the other lines.
The Muara line is probably the most scenic of the routes and was the first one we created. Going along the Brunei River, it’s also a line that could appeal to tourists, going through The Brunei Museum, the Pantai Menteri Golf Club and the Beaches along the Muara area.
North Eastern Line
Primarily this line serves students of Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Institut Teknologi Brunei, but it’s also a convenient route for those staying at the Empire Hotel and Country Club.
North Western Line
The North Western line is split into two, according to the initial census Lambak Kanan has one of the highest residential population and splitting the line will ease congestion during peak hours.
This line stretches to Kupang in Tutong, and from there, people will be serviced by a different transport system for the Tutong district. The main areas serviced by this line are Mukim Sengkurong and Mukim Kilanas.
Populations (back to Top)
If we consider the various kampongs that are served by the line, and residential populations of each, we can see the potential numbers of people served by each line and station. The numbers have been compiled into this spreadsheet.
View the spreadsheet to see:
- the full list of stations in the Brunei-Muara district;
- the potential residential population served by each station;
- and other stats, as only non-statisticians could create.
The figures did not heavily influence the choice of stations. For more on this, view our Appendix “Development of Routes”.
- Google Maps: Our main reference for the location of places and the sequence of the stops.
- Names of places and their locations relative to each other, were based on the data in Google Maps, and only a few amendments were made. For example, Google Maps listed a “Kg Paring”, which does not exist.
- We apologise for any further inaccuracies.
- JPKE’s Preliminary Report of the Population and Housing Census 2011: A major reference for the “Populations” spreadsheet.
- In particular, the populations of villages, and the mukims they were situated in, can be found in Appendices A1, A2.1, A3.1-A3.18.
- We realised, at the time of posting, that JPKE had just released the 2011 Brunei Darussalam Statistical Yearbook, however we did not use any of the population data from this publication.
- Brunei-Muara Metro Service: Background for an overview of the concerns with public transport in Brunei;
- Brunei-Muara Metro Service: Development of Routes for a more detailed commentary on the figures, and other considerations.
Maps and data (already linked above):
We invite you to share your opinions on our Brunei-Muara Metro Service.
Again, we are not taking into account the implementation in terms of cost-effectiveness or infrastructure. Yes, those are important, but the purpose of this exercise is to imagine Brunei having an MRT system, and not to entertain cries such as “this a waste of money”. Please view our Appendix “Background” for an overview of concerns with public transport, which can be a starting point, for those of you who do want to think on that level.
We think it would be totally cool if anyone wanted to expand on our routes, or create other routes, e.g. complementary bus routes, or a railway between districts. Like us, you can pretend that it is totally economically viable to set up such transport systems. 😀
- Do the lines work for you? What would these lines mean for school students, workers, families, and tourists? Which ones would you use most?
- If there were a metro service in the Belait, Tutong or Temburong district, where would the interchanges be? What would the most popular route be?
- How would you price the tickets?
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