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Jakarta Post

Odd-even policy trial marred by strike

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17 2018   /  12:04 am

Better option: Passengers line up buy tickets for the Transjakarta bus on the Cibubur-UKI route via the Jagorawi toll road at a bus shelter near the Cibubur tollgate in East Jakarta on Monday.(JP/PJ Leo)With the first day of the odd-even policy trial run affecting his regular tollgate, Cibubur 2 on Jagorawi toll road, office worker Yono Cahyono, 37, had to leave his car at home and take public transportation.

He left his house at 4:30 a.m. for the nearest bus stop to wait for a Tanah Abang-bound bus to a transit point before continuing the trip to his office in Rasuna Said, South Jakarta.

After waiting for nearly 30 minutes, he realized that the bus was not operating that day. Apparently, bus drivers had staged a protest against the government’s plan to provide a premium service for commuters affected by the odd-even policy.

Yono decided to drive anyway, and he ...