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Jakarta Post

Transportation companies caught off guard as commuters pack stations

  • Budi Sutrisno and Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 16, 2020   /  08:07 pm
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Passengers line up at the entrance to Lebak Bulus MRT Station in Jakarta on Monday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

A restriction on the operational hours of public transportation imposed by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 appears to have massively backfired, with large crowds and long lines building up at Transjakarta and MRT Jakarta stations across the capital on Monday. The lines accumulated as commuters wearing face masks squeezed into packed bus stops and train stations during peak hours in the morning, with many commuters waiting for hours and becoming distressed at being late for work. While some commuters appeared ignorant about the city’s containment efforts, many others had no option because they still had to go to work since their companies had yet to impose or had only imposed a partial work-from-home policy. Aninda, a 27-year-old state-owned enterprise worker, said she was not able to stay at home because her company enforced a two...