The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said fares for MRT Jakarta, LRT Jakarta and Transjakarta buses will remain the same this year despite subsidies being cut from the initial proposal.
The city administration and the City Council are currently deliberating the draft 2020 city budget, which is expected to be endorsed on Wednesday.
The administration had initially proposed a surge of subsidies allocated for the transportation sector from this year's budget at Rp 3.71 trillion (US$26.48 billion) to Rp 5.6 trillion for 2020.
During the deliberation, however, the councilors agreed to cut the subsidies to Rp 4.5 trillion.
Anies said the lower subsidies would not impact public transportation services.
“Insya Allah [God willing] all [mentioned public transportation] will operate as usual. Services won’t be disturbed. We have figured it out,” Anies said at Dukuh Atas MRT station on Tuesday as quoted by kompas,com.
The subsidy budget will be used to subsidize fares of the three aforementioned public transportation modes for 10 months from January until October 2020.
MRT Jakarta and LRT Jakarta began commercial operation on April 1 and Dec. 1, respectively.
Anies went on to say that the cut subsidies should trigger city-owned transportation companies PT MRT Jakarta, PT LRT Jakarta, and PT Transjakarta to perform better in increasing their revenue from non-fare boxes.
“We hope the operators are able to increase [revenue] from the non-fare box,” he said.
The councilors are expected to endorse on Wednesday the proposed 2020 subsidies at Rp 3.29 trillion for Transjakarta buses, an increase from this year's Rp 2.76 trillion; Rp 825 billion for MRT Jakarta, an increase from Rp 672 billion; and Rp 440 billion for LRT Jakarta, about 1.5 times bigger than this year's budget. (sau)