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Jakarta Post

Jakarta riot: Transjakarta halts some, adjusts other bus services

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 22, 2019   /   02:40 pm
Jakarta riot: Transjakarta halts some, adjusts other bus services Smoke is seen in Slipi, West Jakarta, on Wednesday afternoon. Transjakarta has suspended services to and from Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta and adjusted others on account of protests following the announcement of election results. (JP/Donny Fernando)

Election result protests that escalated into riots late on Tuesday have caused Transjakarta to adjust some of its service routes in the capital.

Transjakarta president director Agung Wicaksono said in a written statement on Wednesday that several routes had been diverted since the morning.

“The [diverted] routes comprise Corridor 1 [Blok M-Kota] route, bus 4A [Grogol-TU GAS], bus 4C [Senayan traffic circle-TU GAS], bus 5A [Melayu-Grogol], and bus 6A [Ragunan-Monas],” he said.

The riot that began on Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, expanded to Tanah Abang, where stones and broken glass were reportedly scattered around the vicinity of the biggest textile market in Southeast Asia. 

Therefore, Transjakarta suspended services to and from Tanah Abang, namely the Tanah Abang-Batusari (8K) route, Tanah Abang-Blok M (1N) route, and Tanah Abang-Kebayoran Lama (8C) route.

“Transjakarta buses for tourism purposes and free bus services have also suspended operations," Agung added. "Transjakarta officers, as well as our social media platforms will actively give updates."

Transjakarta had adjusted the operation of buses in Corridor 1 since Tuesday morning as roads passed by Corridor 1 buses included Jl MH Thamrin, where the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) building, or the main target of the riot, was situated.