This is the latest article of the three-part series on the Transjakarta Bus Rapid Transit service.
The Transjakarta bus service emerged as the latest mode of Jakarta public transportation when it was launched on Jan. 15, 2004; and its introduction was expected to help alleviate the city’s traffic woes.
Although it received some initial negative responses, as the construction of the bus lanes meant taking a lane from already-congested roads, the majority of city residents were enthusiastic.
In the first month, Jakartans were allowed to enjoy the first corridor, plying the Blok M, South Jakarta — Kota, West Jakarta route, for free. In February, the bus fares were set at Rp 3,500 (40 US cent), the figure that still remains today.
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