Our friend Mr. Ong visited Jakarta recently and took some time to look at the TransJakarta bus system.
Mr. Ong has spoken on more than one occasion of the TransJakarta system as an effective example of low-cost improvements to public transport. Of course the system is not perfect (what system is?) and can see improvements – but the message is that the people in charge of public transportation in Jakarta are taking steps and moving public transport forward.
Sometimes radical steps can lead to great improvements, and TransJakarta is certainly an example of this. What started out with a single corridor in Jakarta has now expanded to 8 corridors with more under construction. What started as a single system has now been extended, in various forms, to many other Indonesian cities.
Enjoy the video of Mr. Ong’s ride on the TransJakarta system.
Also, please read his commentary based on his ride of the TransJakarta system, which has been posted to the Penangwatch (dot) net website.
A reference map (slightly older) for TransJakarta is posted below. You may note that the image outside the map might look familiar – it is a TransJakarta app(lication) specially designed for the iPhone.