BUSWAY

Indonesia Expat - - CITY LIFE -

The Tran­sJakarta busway, which be­gan in 2004 and op­er­ates on ded­i­cated lanes, is of­ten un­fairly ma­ligned by non-users. Many mo­torists were out­raged at los­ing a lane of road, so they self­ishly clogged up the busway lanes, fur­ther ex­ac­er­bat­ing Jakarta’s chronic traf­fic con­ges­tion. For­tu­nately, former gover­nor Ahok cleaned up the busway cor­ri­dors, which now cover most of the city’s main thor­ough­fares. The riski­est part of the busway ex­pe­ri­ence is cross­ing pedes­trian bridges that give ac­cess to the shel­ters. This is where mug­gers, pick­pock­ets and beg­gars op­er­ate (sex­ual per­verts wait un­til they’re in­side the bus – hence the seg­re­ga­tion of the sexes and some fe­male-only buses). If you’re re­ally un­lucky, like I was, a crew from a re­al­ity TV show will leap out and bang on an empty gal­lon wa­ter bot­tle near your ear. Your re­ac­tion ap­par­ently makes good TV. Fixed fare: Rp3,500.

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