Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo welcomed the recommendation made by Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Sutarman to apply new counter-flow lanes for TransJakarta buses.
In the counter-flow lanes, the buses will run in the opposite direction of the rest of traffic. The implementation of the lanes will discourage non-TransJakarta buses or vehicles from taking the TransJakarta lanes.
“I think the counter-flow lane is the best option,” said Fauzi as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.
Fauzi said the counter-flow lane was among the options when the administration launched the bus rapid transit system in 2004. The idea, however, was dropped from the plan, assuming that Jakarta residents would be disciplined enough to follow the traffic regulations.
The recommendation came amid high reports of traffic accidents involving the TransJakarta buses.
On Wednesday, a fourth-grade student, M. Rizki Firmansyah, was killed in an accident in Mampang, South Jakarta. Rizki was trying to cross the street, apparently unaware of an oncoming TransJakarta bus.
Fauzi said that his administration would carry out a study to weigh the pros and cons of the implementation of the counter-flow lanes.