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Transjakarta proposes 90 percent subsidy increase for next year

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, November 8, 2017 | 05:35 pm
Transjakarta proposes 90 percent subsidy increase for next year Passengers stand aboard a Transjakarta bus at Harmoni Station in Central Jakarta on March 27. (Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

City-owned bus operator PT Transportasi Jakarta (Transjakarta) is going to propose an increase of more than 90 percent to next year’s Public Service Obligation (PSO) subsidy due to its planned improvement in services and to accommodate the OK Trip program.

The company’s president director, Budi Kaliwono, said the PSO would cover operational and production expenses, as well as increase the number of routes and buses while also accommodating Governor Anies Baswedan’s OK Trip program, which integrates payment systems between Transjakarta and other modes of public transportation.

“The amount for next year is bigger because we want to increase our services. Not only because we’re adding OK Trip, but also because we’re going to expand our routes and add more buses,” he said at the council building on Tuesday as reported by beritajakarta.com.

Budi said the PSO amount was raised after considering the target number of passengers, which increased to 212 million people next year from 145 million this year.

He said this year the subsidy for the PSO was Rp 1.7 trillion, with the budget absorption predicted at Rp 1.3 trillion at the end of the year.

He added that at present, the fare for each trip was Rp 11,000. However, passengers only needed to pay Rp 3,500 for each trip thanks to a subsidy.

Cinta Mega, a member of Jakarta Legislative Council’s Commission C overseeing finance, asked Transjakarta to recalculate the figure so it would match the amount of budget absorption.

“The amount of Rp 3.3 trillion is quite high, so they have to recalculate every detail to make the budget efficient,” she said. (ecn)

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