The Jakarta Post
Jakartans must now brace themselves for large-scale social restrictions set to be imposed in the capital for two weeks starting Friday, as the hardest-hit city struggles to curb the surging number of coronavirus cases.
The measure, which will be in place until April 24, will restrict people's movement in Jakarta as the operational hours of public transportation will be limited, with residents told to stay at home and avoid any unnecessary travel.
Public transportation services will limit passenger numbers to only 50 percent of their normal capacity and will only run for 12 hours, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
While access to and from Jakarta will remain open, the number of people commuting from satellite cities to the capital will, therefore, also be limited, Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said.
The latest data on Thursday afternoon showed that the number of infected people in Jakarta had reached 1,706, making up more than half of the country's official tally of 3,293 cases. The capital recorded 142 fatalities from the disease out of the nationwide death toll of 280.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is expected to soon issue a decree on the social restrictions in the capital city, the first in the country to impose such stronger mobility restrictions to battle the coronavirus.
Here's what you need to know about the operation of public transportation services in Jakarta during the large-scale social restrictions.
From Friday until April 24, TransJakarta's operational hours will be restricted from 6 a.m to 6 p.m.
The city-owned bus operator said in that TransJakarta buses would only operate through its 13 main corridors, namely:
1. Blok M (South Jakarta) - Kota (West Jakarta)
2. Pulo Gadung 1 (East Jakarta) - Harmoni (Central Jakarta)
3. Kalideres (West Jakarta) - Pasar Baru (Central Jakarta)
4. Pulo Gadung 2 - Tosari (Central Jakarta)
5. Kampung Melayu (East Jakarta) - Ancol (North Jakarta)
6. Ragunan (South Jakarta) - Halimun (South Jakarta)
7. Kampung Rambutan (East Jakarta) - Kampung Melayu
8. Lebak Bulus (South Jakarta) - Harmoni
9. Pinang Ranti (East Jakarta) - Pluit (North Jakarta)
10. PGC 2 (East Jakarta) - Tanjung Priok (North Jakarta)
11. Kampung Melayu - Pulo Gebang (South Jakarta)
12. Penjaringan (North Jakarta) - Sunter Boulevard Barat (North Jakarta)
13. Puri Beta (Tangerang) - Blok M
"Passenger numbers on articulated buses will be limited to 60, while big buses are only allowed to carry 30 passengers and for small buses, 15 passengers," Transjakarta said in a statement on Wednesday.
Passengers and employees are required to wear a two-layered fabric mask as a precautionary measure, the company said.
Residents ride on the LRT Jakarta during a public trial in Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (JP/Eisya A.)
The MRT, connecting Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta, will remain open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
City-owned PT MRT Jakarta president director William Sabandar said in a statement on Wednesday that the MRT would only carry a maximum of 60 passengers per train car.
Passengers of the MRT are also required to wear a two-layered fabric mask upon entering MRT stations and for the duration of the trip.
LRT Jakarta will also be operating from 6 a.m to 6 p.m starting Friday.
The operator also stated that each train car of the LRT, currently serving only the Kelapa Gading-Velodrome line, will allow a maximum of 30 people.
The LRT will still implement a 30-minute headway during the COVID-19 pandemic.
PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI), which operates the commuter line, said it would also limit passenger numbers in each train car to 60 people per trip.
In a statement on Thursday evening, KCI said that the commuter line, which serves a number of routes connecting areas in Greater Jakarta, will also change its operational hours to 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. starting Friday.
"The adjustment refers to the PSBB, which will limit people's mobility so as to ensure that efforts to curb COVID-19 transmission can take place effectively," KCI president director Wiwik Widayanti said.
With the 12-hour operational schedule, the commuter line will make 683 trips each day for two weeks during the PSBB.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with the latest statement from PT KCI and the latest official figures on coronavirus cases.