The Jakarta Post
City-owned bus operator Transjakarta has recorded a surge in passengers in the past week, following the implementation of the expanded odd-even traffic policy, which bars certain vehicles from entering major thoroughfares depending on the date.
"The number of Transjakarta passengers on Monday reached 616,744, almost 34,000 more when compared to the previous Monday, " Transjakarta president director Budi Kaliwono said in a statement on Tuesday.
Budi said the figure included passengers who used non-corridor and feeder services operating under the One Card One Trip (OK OTrip) program.
On Aug. 1, the odd-even traffic policy, which restricts the use of private cars on certain roads depending on the date and license plate, was officially enforced at major thoroughfares in the city, including on Jl. Benyamin Sueb in Central Jakarta and Jl. Metro Pondok Indah in South Jakarta, in an attempt to ease gridlock ahead of the Asian Games.
Budi said that, as of Monday, the OK OTrip program had served 40,000 passengers on 14 routes, namely Kampung Melayu-Duren Sawit (OK-2), Lebak Bulus-Pondok Labu (OK-3), Grogol-Tubagus Angke (OK-4), Semper-Rorotan (OK-5), Kampung Rambutan-Pondok Gede (OK-6), Tanjung Priok-Bulak Turi (OK-15), PGC-Condet (OK-16), Pulogadung-Senen (OK-17), Setu-Pinang Ranti (OK-19), Lubang Buaya-Cawang UKI (OK-20), Pasar Rebo-Taman Wiladatika (OK-28), Meruya-Citraland (OK-30), Pondok Labu-Blok M (OK-31) and Petukangan-Lebak Bulus (OK-32).
The program used 354 buses and more would be gradually added over time, he added.
Previously, the Jakarta Police traffic directorate revealed that, on the first five days of the expanded odd-even policy, 5,303 drivers were ticketed for violating the traffic rule.