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Jakarta Post

Paratransit network still stuck at slow lane

  • Anissa S. Febrina

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 25 2009   /  01:33 pm

Focussing on plans for modern subways, rapid-transit buses or express trains, while Jakarta delays overhauling its Metro Mini, Kopaja, angkot and mikrolet networks, the administration is just sweeping dirt under the rug. At a recent meeting with city councilors, Governor Fauzi Bowo proudly reported Jakarta's priority program of continuing to develop the BRT (rapid transit buses) network as well as the proposed subway, but nothing was said about the existing semi-formal modes of public transportation - the "paratransit" system. Well, pardon me governor, the key to overhauling the city's transportation system lies not in modern technology alone: It is about the addressing the system as a whole, while slowly introducing a new transportation backbone. This involves harmonizing existing means into a working network - not an overlapping one. Sure, the paratrans...