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Jakarta Post

Busway's newest corridor popular despite heavy congestion

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 11 2009   /  01:13 pm

Passenger numbers on the three-month-old Transjakarta Corridor 8, linking Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to Grogol in West Jakarta, have increased during weekdays and weekends, despite criticisms the route was innefective. "The number of passengers is growing. I think more and more people have made the most of this route during peak hours," a Transjakarta officer Sudirman said Wednesday at Lebak Bulus Terminal. "We usually have around 500 passengers *250 an hour* hopping on buses at this station during our first two hours of operation, from 5 a.m to 7 a.m. They are usually people going to work," he said. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., the number drops to around 700 or 116 per hour. Most passengers using the bus during off peak hours don't usually travel daily, he said. From 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Lebak Bulus Terminal sees as many as 1,000 passengers, he added. Bambang, anothe...