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Once ‘king of the streets’, Metro Mini buses suffer slow demise

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 23, 2019   /  08:35 am
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Metro Mini buses line up at the Blok M bus terminal in South Jakarta.(Antara Photo/Rivan Awal Lingga)

With the Jakarta administration now implementing its plan to phase out the city’s old, rickety public buses, Metro Mini buses, once known as “the king of the streets”, have been slowly disappearing, with people now able to enjoy a greater variety of public transportation options. Only one Metro Mini bus could be seen waiting for passengers at the Pasar Minggu bus terminal in South Jakarta on Thursday morning, amid a crowd of angkot (public minivan) and Damri airport buses. The driver of the faded yellow and blue Metro Mini bus, Ujang, 28, inspected the bus before departing. The low number of passengers no longer surprised him, as he knew the buses were in the crosshairs of the Jakarta administration. “We were given a 12-month deadline to replace our buses but with our current livelihood we don’t know if we can do it,” he said. “Bu...