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Jakarta Post

All well for pedestrians in Tanah Abang, not for motorists

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 14 2018   /  01:16 am

Despite the controversy surrounding the closure of Jl. Jatibaru in Tanah Abang to accommodate street vendors, all seems well.

Stepping down from the stairways of Tanah Abang station, pedestrians are greeted with a row of idling Tanah Abang Explorer buses waiting for passengers to board.

The buses have returned with reduced hours after a compromise with angkot (public minivan) drivers, with the last call now at 2:30 p.m.

Public transportation in the area will be replaced by angkot from 3 p.m. onward, with only one lane of the road open for the minivans.

Nearby, street vendors occupying colorful tents lined up on the street to hawk their wares to passersby. The city administration provided the tents at no cost for those who hold valid Jakarta ID cards.

Lastri, a housewife who frequents the area to buy clothes for her family, told The Jakarta Post that sh...