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MRT 'priority pin' sees general welcome, but critics point to passenger education

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 10, 2020   /  11:58 am
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Passengers board an MRT Jakarta train heading to Lebak Bulus station in South Jakarta on July 11, 2019 at Dukuh Atas station, Central Jakarta.(JP/Valerie Halim)

Passengers of Indonesia’s first MRT service have welcomed the issuance of a new pin that identifies priority passengers on board, like senior citizens, pregnant women and people with disabilities. City-owned operator PT MRT Jakarta is providing the pins for free to priority passengers to help them access the service's facilities, such as elevators. MRT Jakarta corporate secretary Muhammad Kamaludin said that the pin also permitted priority passengers to pass through the wider turnstiles and to sit in the prioritized seats on the trains. Hafiz, 32, who traveled with his 64-year-old father Mad Soleh from Tangerang to Lebak Bulus on Thursday, welcomed the policy, saying that his father would benefit from the new pin, even though he rarely took public transport. “If my father used the MRT more o...