Transjakarta gets 416 new buses ahead of Asian Games
Andi Muhammad Ibnu Aqil
The Jakarta Post
City bus operator PT Transjakarta has added 116 Volvo buses and 300 Scania buses to its fleet ahead of the 2018 Asian Games on Aug. 18-Sept. 2.
The buses are set to operate every day to serve Asian Games officials, according to Transjakarta president director Budi Kaliwono.
“The buses will start operating during the Asian Games. So, when the guests arrive, the buses are still new,” Budi said on Friday.
From the new fleet, 116 are maxibuses that will operate on Corridor 5 connecting Ancol in North Jakarta and Kampung Melayu in East Jakarta, as well as Corridor 10, which connects Tanjung Priok in the North and Pusat Grosir Cililitan (PGC) in East Jakarta.
“The 300 Scania buses are low-entry buses that will serve routes outside the corridors [dedicated lanes],” Transjakarta spokesman Wibowo said on Friday.
Transjakarta currently operates 1,600 buses daily, carrying up to 580,000 passengers. During the Asian Games, the figure will increase to 2,000 buses daily.
Wibowo added that the buses were procured with funds from last year’s city budget and had only recently arrived.(wit)
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