The Jakarta Post
The Bekasi administration has decided that fares for the erstwhile free Transpatriot buses will be set at Rp 4,000 (28 US cents).
"We have not implemented the fare yet since people only know that the service is free so far. This is why we want to raise awareness first about the exact date of the implementation of the new fare," the head of the Transpatriot division at Bekasi-owned bus operator Mitra Patriot, Nirwan Fauzi, said.
Transpatriot buses have been serving people between the Bekasi Terminal Harapan Indah route since Nov. 26. The fleet only has nine buses but Mayor Rahmat Effendi said on Dec. 30 that a grant of 21 buses from the Transportation Ministry would beef up the Transpatriot fleet.
Rahmat said as quoted by kompas.com that his administration would cooperate with the Jakarta administration to make Transpatriot a feeder service for Jakarta's Transjakarta buses, which have a flat fare of Rp 3,500.
He also planned to have three park-and-ride facilities in Bekasi for commuters who need to go to Jakarta. They can drive their car and park at Bekasi Terminal, Alun Alun Bekasi and the nearby Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium. (mai/evi)