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Jakarta Post

Free buses prepared for Asian Games visitors in Jakarta

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 9, 2018   /   07:52 am
Free buses prepared for Asian Games visitors in Jakarta People pass Asian Games decorations at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Banten as the airport has prepared to welcome the Games participants. ( Alfreda)

The Greater Jakarta Transportation Body (BPTJ) has allocated buses to transport visitors to several tourist spots in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra, during their stays in the cities for the 2018 Asian Games next month. 

“For supporters from neighboring countries, we will prepare buses that will transport them from hotels to venues and tourist spots as well as shopping centers. The buses are provided by the Transportation Ministry and are completely free,” BPTJ head Bambang Prihartono said on Saturday during a discussion in Palembang on preparation for the Asian Games.

The transportation for foreign visitors will be provided during the two-week-long multisport event, which will run from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2. The attraction areas include the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta and Setu Babakan lake in South Jakarta, an area known for its Betawi influence.

Visitors can also enjoy a Wayang Kulit [leather shadow puppet] show, a traditional Indonesian cultural performance, which has been scheduled on Aug. 29.

It will be the second time Jakarta has hosted the biggest multisport event in Asia, after it first hosted the event in 1962.

Authorities have been trying to ease congestion in the city ahead of the event by implementing a number of policies, including an odd-even license plate policy on major thoroughfares in the city.

The trial run of the policy started on Monday and will run until the end of this month, weeks before the Asian Games commences. (wit)