A Harvard University professor specializing in urban planning and public policy has lauded the busway, the capital's newest mode of public transportation.
“Transjakarta buses are able to curb the number of people shifting from public transportation to private vehicles,” Tony Ibanez said Monday in Jakarta as quoted by tribunnews.com.
Ibanez suggested that the Jakarta administration improve Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)-based public transportation in contrast to a Mass Rapid Transportation (MRT).
He said the BRT was more effective than an MRT.
The Transjakarta Busway was launched in January 2004 under the initiative of former Jakarta governor Sutiyoso. It copies the TransMilenio busway system in Bogota, Colombia, and is aimed at eliminating crippling traffic jams in Jakarta.
Now having 10 corridors totaling 123.35 kilometers in length, Transjakarta is estimated to carry approximately 250,000 commuters per day. A ticket for a single ride is Rp 3,500 (40 US cents)