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Finish, improve busway before starting MRT

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, October 27 2009   /  12:52 pm

Since elementary school, teachers often taught us that during exams it is better to solve the easier questions first before moving on to more difficult ones. But it seems Jakarta was not taught by such teachers, because it is planning to construct a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system even though the Transjakarta busway is not finished. After five years of operation, the Transjakarta busway system continues to be rife with problems. Problems range from what may seem simple, yet are difficult-to-solve problems, like uncomfortable shelters unable to accommodate all queuing passengers at peak hours, to the time it takes to wait for a passenger to get on a bus being longer than the bus ride itself. And then the problems that seem impossible to resolve, such as preventing vehicles entering busway lanes or agreeing on a fair fee for busway operators. These unsolved problems may reappear with...