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Jakarta Post

Shelters for online ‘ojek' needed, otherwise traffic further ensnarled

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, August 30, 2019   /  07:29 am
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Traffic is held up as app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers wait to pick up passengers at Palmerah Station in Central Jakarta.(The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan )

The dependency Jakartans have on app-based ojek (motorcycle taxis) to commute, despite allowing people to use fewer private vehicles, has ensnarled traffic at numerous spots across the city, particularly near train stations or bus stops during busy hours. After arrival at the closest station or bus shelter to their workplaces, many commuters opt to use the services of online ojek to reach their offices. At 7 a.m. on Wednesday traffic near Palmerah Station in Central Jakarta was super busy. Under the pedestrian bridge south of the station were hundreds of online ojek drivers on motorcycles dropping off and picking up passengers. Out of three lanes, the online ojek occupied two, leaving the other road users like cars, private motorcycles, taxis and Transjakarta buses to jostle for space in only one lane. Among the online ojek drivers by the sidewalk was Paudin, who was waiting ...