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Public transportation tale of two cities

  • Katrin Figge

    Contributor

Berlin, Germany   /   Wed, October 9 2019   /  02:30 am

Only dogs allowed: Eating, drinking and smoking are not allowed in Berlin's metro, but people can take their dogs as shown in a photo taken by M. Putera Wicaksana.Millions of Jakartans commute from their homes in the suburbs to the city center and back again on a daily basis, many of them preferring to use their own cars rather than public transportation — adding to the often unbearable road congestion.But with the establishment of the capital’s MRT in late March this year, there is now a viable alternative to one’s own four wheels: the first line of the MRT runs from Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in the center of the city every five minutes from 5 a.m. until midnight, with 13 stations along the way. There are plans to gradually expand the MRT network over the coming years.In Germany’s capital Berlin, on the other hand, the first metro line wa...