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Commuter line to reduce services, trips amid COVID-19 concerns

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 22, 2020   /   06:21 pm
Commuter line to reduce services, trips amid COVID-19 concerns Commuters wear face masks at Tanah Abang Station on March 3, a day after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced that two Indonesians had tested positive for COVID-19, the first two confirmed cases of the disease in the country. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Commuter line operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) is set to change its schedule to curb the spread of COVID-19. For the next two weeks starting Monday, KCI will reduce its services, operating from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“The number of trips will also be reduced from 991 to 713 trips a day,” KCI spokesperson Anne Purba said in a statement on Sunday.

Headways will vary from a minimum 10 minutes to a maximum 30 minutes.

Anne said KCI would operate trains with 10 cars and trains with 12 cars to encourage social distancing. 

Following the government’s appeal for people to stay at homes, the operator made several efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus by disinfecting trains, checking body temperatures, providing hand sanitizer and implementing social distancing measures both in trains and at stations.

“The number of passengers decreased by 50 percent to 459,922 on Friday. Normally, commuter line passengers can reach 900,000 to 1.1 billion a day,” Anne said.

She suggested that people download the KRL Access app as any future schedule changes would appear on the app. Information updates can also be tracked on KCI’s Twitter account @CommuterLine, its Instagram account @commuterline and on Facebook. 

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan declared a two-week state of emergency in the capital on Saturday in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

He urged all stakeholders – including corporations, social organizations and religious groups – to take drastic action to prevent the spread of the disease during the state of emergency.

As of Sunday afternoon, Indonesia had announced 514 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 307 of which were in Jakarta. (aly)