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Jakarta Post

Zhongtong buses hit Jakarta's streets

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 21 2019   /  01:14 am

City-owned bus operator Transjakarta has started operating Zhongtong buses from China despite the controversy over the stalled 2013 procurement agreement, which revealed that the operator's fleet was based on the minimum standards for public bus services.Transjakarta last week started operating the Chinese buses on several of its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors.Zhongtong buses are fitted with a curved front face, which distinguishes them from other brands that Transjakarta operates, like Mercedes-Benz, Scania and Volvo, all by European manufacturers.Transjakarta's Zhongtong fleet was involved in several past incidents that prompted the operator to stop using buses.However, the Jakarta administration has decided to start using the buses again under a 2013 procurement agreement through state-run bus company Jakarta Passenger Transportation (PPD).Transjakarta was still a service managemen...