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Transjakarta upbeat despite growing popularity of ride-hailing services

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, February 21, 2020   /  05:42 pm
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Police stop a motorcyclist for riding in the dedicated Transjakarta bus lane on Jl. Sultan Agung in Manggarai, South Jakarta, on Feb. 6.(Antara/Galih Pradipta)

With the rising popularity of ride-hailing apps, travelling anywhere in the capital city is as easy as tapping a finger on a mobile phone. The thriving ride-hailing app business raises questions about whether it will threaten the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) service, Transjakarta. Febe, a 24 year old office worker from West Jakarta said she chose to commute with a ride hailing app every day even though there was a Transjakarta bus stop near her office in central Jakarta. “I use a ride-hailing app to commute to work because it is fast and convenient. I’ve tried using Transjakarta buses to go to work before, but the journey took quite a long time,” she told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. Febe said it took between 30 minutes and an hour to commute to work using a ride-hailing application like Gojek or Grab, but it took between 1.5 and 2 hours if she used Tra...