300 disabled-friendly buses ready to serve Jakartans this year
The Jakarta Post
Public transportation provider PT Transportasi Jakarta (Transjakarta) has purchased 300 low-entry buses this year to help disabled people get around the city. Transjakarta president director Budi Kaliwono said the company ordered the buses in 2016 but they still had to be manufactured.
“This year we purchased 300 and now they are still being assembled. The buses will be [put into operation] gradually starting in July. I hope we can make it,” Budi said Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.
The buses are considered friendly to people with disabilities because their low entries mean their floors are on the same level as the pavement. The buses, which cost Rp 2.4 billion (US$18,000) each, will not be operated in busway corridors.
Budi added that there would be 15 to 20 routes served by the low-entry buses -- mostly on large roads that can accommodate bus stops.
The money to purchase the buses came from a government investment participation (PMP) fund owned by Transjakarta and loans from banks. With more buses, the company hoped to serve 185 million customers by the end of the year. (wnd)
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