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.