Tangerang Mayor Wahidin Halim and Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo launched on Wednesday a bus rapid transit (BRT), or busway, route linking Poris Plawad bus terminal in Tangerang, Banten, and Kalideres terminal in West Jakarta.
The new route operates with 10 buses managed by state-owned city bus company PT PPD. The buses will serve commuters from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.
Fauzi and Wahidin sounded a siren to mark the start of the busway operations at Kalideres terminal and then took a ride to Poris Plawad terminal.
“We are happy that the busway linking Kalideres and Poris Plawad terminals is finally operating,” Fauzi said, adding that the Jakarta administration planned to expand the service to East Bekasi, Jakarta and Balaraja in Tangerang.
To materialize the plan, the Jakarta administration conducted a feasibility study through field surveys.
Meanwhile, Wahidin said it was hoped that the BRT service would prompt people to take the busway instead of driving between Jakarta and Tangerang to ease traffic.
“Even though Tangerang municipality has some 3,000 public transportation vehicles, the BRT system offers better comfort and more value to commuters,” he said.
“Therefore, those who usually drive to Jakarta now can switch to the busway.”
Each bus can accommodate 58 passengers and charges Rp 3,000 (31 US cents) for a single trip. (nvn)