Jakarta to have 66 new Tranjakarta buses in 2013
The Transjakarta Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will add 66 new buses on its fleet next year, Transjakarta management body (BLU) chief Muhammad Akbar has said.
Akbar said Monday that the new buses were set to operate in January and would serve Corridor I plying Blok M-Kota route, Corridor II connecting Pulo Gadung and Harmoni, Corridor III connecting Kalideres and Harmoni, and Corridor VIII plying Lebak Bulu-Harmony route.
The buses, operated by state-run bus company Damri, were ordered from China last year, Akbar said as quoted by kompas.com. Akbar said that the manufacturer needed one year to produce the buses from scratch.
The Transjakarta buses are made with some specific conditions, such as its 110-centimeter-height floor and its compressed-natural gas (CNG) fueling system.
Apart from ordering 66 new buses, Akbar said that the BLU also plans to add another 76 buses. The procurement process of the 76 buses, which will be operated by private bus company Bianglala Metropolitan, will start in November and is set to operate in 2014. (han/lfr)