Pub­lic Trans­port: Masochism for the Masses

Daniel Pope en­dures and oc­ca­sion­ally en­joys Jakarta’s im­prov­ing pub­lic trans­port op­tions.

Indonesia Expat - - CONTENTS - BY DANIEL POPE

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.

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