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Jakarta Post

Waterways

  /   Sat, August 15 2009   /  01:38 pm

The city's water taxis, or waterways, were launched by governor Sutiyoso in June 2007, four months before his second term ended. Sutiyoso said the waterway was expected to be another way to solve severe transportation problems in the city, despite the public's criticism concerning the feasibility of the project. For the pilot project, the city administration operated only two boats, with a maximum capacity of 28 persons, in a 1.7-kilometer-section of Ciliwung River, serving passengers through three piers, in Halimun, Dukuh Atas and Karet, all in Central Jakarta. The route was chosen for the pilot project because there was a business center and office buildings in the area. If the project runs well, the administration planned to operate the waterways along the existing 17-kilometer West Flood Canal and currently under-construction 23-kilometer East Flood Canal. T...