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Go Busway app to connect buses to 'ojek'

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 26, 2015   /  12:31 pm
Go Busway app to connect buses to 'ojek' App upset: A Jakarta resident uses his smartphone to access the Go-Jek application. The app has angered traditional ojek motorcycle taxi drivers, whose livelihoods are threatened by the tough competition.(JP/Jerry Adiguna) (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

App upset: A Jakarta resident uses his smartphone to access the Go-Jek application. The app has angered traditional ojek motorcycle taxi drivers, whose livelihoods are threatened by the tough competition. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

City-owned bus operator PT Transportasi Jakarta (Transjakarta) director ANS Kosasih has recently revealed the plan to launch an application called Go Busway to connect the busway service with ojek (motorcycle taxi) provided by application based company Go-Jek.

The application would be merged with Go-Jek apps, through users can order an ojek to transport them or to ask the driver to deliver goods.

'€œWe are currently cooperating with Go-Jek for a smartphone application. [...] With the app, users can locate the position of the Transjakarta bus, and use the Go-Jek service when they arrive at the busway station,'€ Kosasih said in an official statement recently.

He said that with the app, the user will know the exact location of certain Transjakarta buses and the amount of time it will take to reach the user's position.

Currently, the buses do not have a consistent and predictable schedule, and the users of the service have not yet been able to trace the buses locations.

The app is slated to be available in Google Play and the company'€™s website by the end of the year.

It is part of the Passenger Information System the company has been developing, he added.

Kosasih also aimed to make the app able to identify the drivers of the Transjakarta bus so the passengers would be able to give them a rating based on their performance.

'€œThere is no cost involved in the cooperation,'€ he said, adding that the companies only would only share GPS data.

The two companies are slated to sign an MoU between June and July on the cooperation.

Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama previously stated that he aimed to make Go-Jek the feeder for the Transjakarta bus service.

There have been many bus-tracking applications on Google Play and Apple App Store developed by independent IT companies, which are available for free download, such as TransJakarta by Tuxer and GPS Bus Transjakarta by AADev Studio. (fsu/hhr)

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