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Jakarta Post

Urban life: Commuters happy to spend extra for comfortable trip

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 6, 2020   /  12:22 pm
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A Royaltrans bus is parked at a Transjakarta bus depot in Cawang, East Jakarta, in January 2019.(JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Endless traffic jams and overcrowded public transportation mean agony for almost everyone commuting to and from Jakarta’s city center. Commuter trains and metro buses are affordable, but with lots of doubts surrounding their efficiency, many people long for more reliable and comfortable public transportation. Rizal, 29, is one of them. The private-sector employee, who works near the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta, was waiting for his transportation one afternoon this week. It was a specific kind of bus that would take him home to Cibubur in East Jakarta. The clean, spacious, air-conditioned bus with unlimited WiFi access, reclining seats and USB power ports was his ultimate choice. He was standing at the bus stop near the Bundaran HI Transjakarta station for more than 15 minutes, checking his smartphone to see whether the next premium bus would he...