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Jakarta Post

The wait for more reliable public transportation

  /   Fri, July 31 2009   /  02:03 pm

With the city lacking an adequate public transportation system, being a responsible traveler in Jakarta becomes a challenge. To reduce one's carbon footprint, one can opt to use public transportation or non-motorized vehicles. This would reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, as well as ease traffic by reducing the number of vehicles on the streets. The challenge, however, begins here. Using bicycles may be noble, but is very hard work, as there are no bicycle lanes in the city. Meanwhile, a trip on public transportation from the outskirts of the capital to business districts downtown would include minivan rides before transferring to public minibuses like Metro mini or Kopaja, or the Transjakarta. Minivan drivers pick up passengers from wherever they want along their route. The driver often halts for a couple of minutes to wait for passengers, at the expense...