Public Transport: Masochism for the Masses
Daniel Pope endures and occasionally enjoys Jakarta’s improving public transport options.
Travel these days is absurdly easy. Just flip open your communicator and say, “Beam me up, Scotty.” Actually, instantaneous travel in Jakarta only occurs when the departure point is a pool of blood in the middle of the road and the arrival point is the afterlife. For corporeal travel, all you need is an app on your handphone to summon a comfortable, air-conditioned car with a keen if not altogether knowledgeable driver. Any century now, Jakarta will offer additional forms of super-convenient transport, such as underground (MRT) and elevated (LRT) rail systems. But before these become the new norm, let’s examine a few of the long-established options.