The Jakarta Post
City-owned bus operator PT Transjakarta’s management team shaved their heads on Wednesday as part of the celebrations of the company’s success in breaking the record of serving 1 million passengers in one day.
PT Transjakarta made Jakarta public transportation history by serving over 1 million passengers on Tuesday, up from 987,583 in the previous week.
Acting president director Yoga Adiwinarto said the head-shaving was in response to a challenge from Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan who issued a dare to the directors and managers after they set a record of 500,000 customers on March 20, 2018.
“Yes, the governor challenged us to [shave our heads] if one day we reached 1 million passengers. Alhamdulillah [praise God], we did it today,” Yoga said in a media statement on Wednesday.
PT Transjakarta Director of Operations Prasetya Budi (Courtesy of/TransJakarta)
Yoga also made a video call with former president director Agung Wicaksono to express his gratitude for Agung’s dedication and leadership during his time at the company.
“Thank you, Pak Agung. [This is] all thanks to your hard work and we present this as a gift to you,” said Yoga in front of Transjakarta’s directors, managers and employees.
Agung had stepped down from his position as president director on Jan. 23 after helming Transjakarta from October 2018.
He is widely considered to have successfully built the foundations for the integration of public transportation in Jakarta from Jak Lingko angkot (public minivans) to rail-based transportation.
“Thank you. I wish you all success,” Agung replied.
The bus operator has made great strides over the past few years with the number of Transjakarta passengers increasing to 264.61 million from 188.98 million in 2019.