Not exactly built to last but it is fair to say that the interior of the Korridor 1 buses are overdue for a spruce up. (Along with the shelters....)
Transjakarta to overhaul old buses on Corridor 1 by Andreas D. Arditya, The Jakarta Post 09/09/2011
The Transjakarta bus rapid transit’s management body (BLU) is procuring 66 new articulated buses to replace the aging fleet that currently serves the network’s Corridor 1 connecting Blok M in South Jakarta and Kota in West Jakarta.
BLU head Muhammad Akbar said on Thursday that the existing fleet had started to wear out after serving the route for seven years, since the opening of the route in 2004, and was in need of replacement soon. “The interior of the buses have some wear and tear, although the engines could work for three more years,” Akbar said.
Akbar said that most of the buses in the fleet had lost the padding and handles on their doors, and had broken air-conditioners and faulty PA systems. Akbar said that the BLU was now auctioning off the procurement project, the winner of which would be announced in December. As part of a revamping of Corridor 1, the BLU also plans to repair pedestrian bridges and bus shelters along the route.
Separately on Thursday, City councilor Triswisaksana criticized the city administration for making slow progress in refurbishing the TransJakarta fleet. “Transjakarta is very important to the city residents. The government needs to pay more attention to Transjakarta,” said Triwisaksana of the Prosperous Justice Party. Triwisaksana also called for a better maintenance system as well as better quality buses and infrastructure.
Corridor 1, which was the first busway route, inaugurated in 2004, runs through the city’s busiest districts, along Jl. Sudirman and Jl. M.H. Thamrin. It is also one of two busiest Transjakarta routes, carrying up to 83,000 passengers daily. Last year, the route served an average of 77,000 passengers per day. Busway commuters were up in arms last year when the city government announced that it was considering closing the route to make way for the opening of the planned mass rapid transit (MRT) system.
The city administration is currently studying whether the busway and MRT routes should overlap. The first line of the MRT, scheduled to open in 2016, will run from Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta, passing under Jl. Sudirman.
Despite complaints of poor service, the busway has seen a significant increase in the number of passengers each year. In 2007, 61.4 million passengers rode the busway, and 74.6 million the following year. Transjakarta says it carries more than 7 million passengers every month.
TransJakarta Corridor 11 to be launched on Dec.28, The Jakarta Post 11/12/11
Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo will officially launch the operation of TransJakarta Corridor 11 serving the Kampung Melayu-Pulo Gebang route on Dec. 28.
Transportation Agency supporting facilities unit head Erna Yuni said the new route, consisting of 15 bus stops, would be equipped with facilities for people with disabilities, tribunnews.com reported Sunday. The facilities include special sections inside the buses while stations will provide toilets for people with disabilities.
This is the latest Transjakarta network map showing routes and future plans for Koridors 12-15;
And this dated map can zoom into specific stations on each Koridor, http://www.rutebusway.com/ though it does not include Koridors 9 & 10.
The new Koridor 11 with new articulated buses with security cams seems to be doing ok.
Jakartans welcome convenient new Transjakarta corridor, The Jakarta Post, 04/01/12
Commuters welcomed the newly launched Transjakarta bus rapid transit Corridor 11, with the hope that the management will maintain its good service and punctuality.
Transjakarta Corridor 11, which was officially launched last week, connects Kampung Melayu to Pulogebang in East Jakarta. The 11.76 kilometer route stops at 16 shelters with a five-minute headway. Some of the stops are connected to residential areas and key municipal infrastructure features such as Jatinegara and Klender stations and the East Jakarta Municipality office.
Hit the road: An articulated Transjakarta Corridor 11 bus waits forpassengers at the East Jakarta Municipality shelter. The city administration has prepared a fl eet of 21 buses to connect an 11.76-kilometer route from Kampung Melayu to Pulogebang in East Jakarta. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama
Although the last stop at Pulogebang bus terminal is not yet in operation, commuters found the new corridor a better alternative to public minivans and buses.“I am glad that they’ve used new buses. They are spacious and can carry more passengers,” said Farina Yahya, a resident living in Penggilingan, East Jakarta. Farina said that she would use the Transjakarta bus to reach places like Blok M shopping center, Salemba or Merdeka Square in Central Jakarta. “It is more comfortable going around in a Transjakarta bus and it is cheaper,” she said. The mother of one, however, complained about the crowded bus. “I hope more buses will be deployed for the new route,” she said.
As many as 21 articulated buses operated by state-run bus company PT Damri serve the route. The operator has also installed three surveillance cameras in each bus. A camera is placed near each of the bus’ two doors while one camera is located near the driver’s cab. “Should an accident occur, we can accurately analyze what caused the crash,” said Syahito, an onboard officer.
Syahito said that the passengers had welcomed the new route. “More and more people have started taking this route in the first six days of operation,” he said. In normal traffic, the Kampung Melayu-Pulogebang route can be completed within 30 minutes. However, the bus can take more than 50 minutes during peak traffic times. “Among the congestion logjams are Jl. Raya Bekasi Barat and Jl. Raya Bekasi Timur, Perumnas Klender housing complex, and Jatinegara station. The limited width of the road makes it impossible to set up an exclusive lane all along the way, so congestion is inevitable,” he said.
Another passenger, Yuliani Astuti, said that she hoped the congestion would not affect the buses’ punctuality. “The Transjakarta Busway should be better organized than ordinary public transportation. I will use this bus regularly if I can rely on its punctuality,” she said. She said that the new route would give her better connectivity with other Transjakarta corridors. “With this new route, I can be connected to Tanjung Priok port or Kampung Rambutan terminal without incurring extra expense,” she said. The interconnectivity system enables commuters to change buses to travel throughout the network by only paying Rp 3,500 (less than US 40 cents) for a single ticket. “I hope, unlike the deteriorating service on other corridors, the management will maintain the punctual headway and keep up the service and look after the facilities,” Yuliani said.
Transjakarta Corridor 11 is the latest project from the Jakarta administration to provide a proper system of public transportation. With a total of 11 routes, crisscrossing the capital and covering more than 172 kilometers, Transjakarta is now the longest and most extensive bus rapid transit system in the world. Another route is due to be opened next year, with three more routes planned.
Transjakarta has a total of 524 buses in its fleet, serving more than seven million passengers every month. The city administration reported that the buses had carried more than 100 million passengers last year. (lfr)
Bekasi pushing to get new Transjakarta to the east.
Bekasi to set up six Transjakarta feeder routes, The Jakarta Post 29/02/2012
BEKASI: The Bekasi administration plans to build six feeder-bus routes east of Jakarta to support the Transjakarta bus system. The project will start in March with financing from the central government, tempo.co reported on Tuesday. “The establishment of the feeder routes will enhance the plan to expand Transjakarta to Bekasi,” head of Bekasi Central Terminal, Zeno Bachtiar, said.
Two routes will be set up around Kebon Paya Ampera, one in Bulak Kapal, two others will be across Bekasi Trade Center and the other one in Jl. Joyo Martono, East Bekasi. All routes will end at Kampung Rambutan terminal, East Jakarta.
Zeno said that the administration had requested its Jakarta counterpart to expand Transjakarta to Bekasi to accommodate about 700,000 commuters, but the route planned to run along Jl. Kalimalang overlapped with the Bekasi-Cawang-Kampung Melayu (Becakayu) toll-road project.
Jakarta to use abandoned monorail pillars to support BRT by Andreas D. Arditya, The Jakarta Post July 19 2012
The Jakarta administration has decided to continue its plan to use the concrete columns of the abandoned monorail project as part of an elevated bus rapid transit (BRT) project.
Muhammad Akbar, head of the Transjakarta BRT Management Authority (BLU), said that the city administration was serious about turning the stalled monorail project into a bus-based system. “We have completed another study for the project. We believe it won’t be hard for the administration to go ahead with the project, but of course we need to secure approval,” Akbar said on the sidelines of a discussion at the Transportation Ministry in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.
Akbar said that to continue with the elevated BRT project, the city would need to allocate at least
Rp 1.187 trillion (US$125.82 million). The construction of the elevated busway lanes has been estimated at Rp 962 billion, while bus procurement and supporting facilities, like ticketing and depots would cost Rp 200 billion and Rp 25 billion respectively. “We predict that the elevated busway would also need Rp 80.1 billion each year to operate,” Akbar said. Akbar said that the elevated BRT would be more costly than the one that already operated on the ground. “But it would be cheaper than continuing with the monorail,” he said.
The monorail project construction was halted in March 2008 by developer PT Jakarta Monorail due to legal and financial problems. The initial construction left around 150 columns along the roads in Senayan in Central Jakarta and Kuningan in South Jakarta. The first monorail line, which was expected to cost $484 million, was planned to be a 14.3-kilometer route connecting Semanggi and Kuningan in South Jakarta, with the capacity to carry 120,000 passengers every day.
Preliminary studies on the elevated BRT planned two lanes running between Jl. Jend. Sudirman and Jl. Gatot Subroto, via Semanggi, Senayan, Palmerah, Pejompongan and Kuningan. The circle line will have 16 stations, with 12 of them connected to the Transjakarta route, served by a total of 50 articulated buses. The study also predicted that the elevated system could serve more than 7,300 people per hour during peak hours, or almost 46,000 passengers per day. For the elevated BRT, the city would need to reinforce the existing columns, adding a concrete layer to enlarge the pillars from their current dimension of 120 by 160 centimeters to 160 by 200 centimeters.
If approved, the elevated BRT would accompany three planned Transjakarta routes, which had been proposed to use dedicated elevated roads. The three routes are as follows: Corridor 13, which will run from Blok M in South Jakarta to the capital’s border, near Ciledug, South Tangerang; Corridor 14 connecting Depok, south of Jakarta, and Manggarai, Central Jakarta; and Corridor 15 linking Kalimalang, East Jakarta, and Blok M.
Earlier this month the Jakarta Development Planning Board (Bappeda) said it would start work on a 3-kilometer stretch of elevated road for Corridor 13 next year. In another development, National Development Planning Minister, Armida S. Alisjahbana, has said that the central government was finalizing the forming of a Greater Jakarta Transportation Authority. “We are hoping that it won’t take long to establish,” Armida said on Tuesday.
Korridor 12 on track to open in Dec which probably means Jan 13.
New Transjakarta corridor slated for completion in December, The Jakarta Post, September 25 2012
The Transjakarta Bus Rapid Transit Management Authority (BLU) revealed on Tuesday that the construction of Transjakarta Corridor XII, which will link Tanjung Priok and Pluit, all in North Jakarta, would be finished by the end of the year. “[The construction] will be complete in December,” said BLU chief Muhammad Akbar on Tuesday.
Currently, Akbar said, his office was opening a tender for bus operators who wished to operate in the soon-to-be-opened corridor. As previously reported, the Jakarta Transportation Agency has been preparing some 36 articulated busses to serve the 20-kilometer corridor.
The new corridor, according to tempo.co, will cut across Corridor X, which runs from Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta to Cililitan, East Jakarta; Corridor V, which runs from Ancol, North Jakarta to Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta; Corridor I, which runs from Kota, North Jakarta to Blok M, South Jakarta; and Corridor IX, stretching from Pluit, North Jakarta to Pinang Ranti, East Jakarta.
Transjakarta, modeled after Bogota's TransMilenio bus rapid system in Colombia, was launched by the Jakarta administration in 2004, in a bid to ease traffic congestion in the city. As of September, the BLU operated 11 Transjakarta corridors that enable passengers to travel to several areas in five municipalities in the capital region. The city administration plans to open up to 15 corridors.
Currently, Transjakarta has one of the longest bus rapid transit routes in the world, with a network spanning a total of 184.31 kilometers, and operates a fleet of 520 buses. Every day, around 350,000 people rely on Transjakarta to commute in the capital city.
New buses to be added to the network providing some relief from next year but confusion regarding the next batch of new BRT buses.
Jakarta to have 66 new Tranjakarta buses in 2013, The Jakarta Post October 29 2012
The Transjakarta Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will add 66 new buses on its fleet next year, Transjakarta management body (BLU) chief Muhammad Akbar has said. Akbar said Monday that the new buses were set to operate in January and would serve Corridor I plying Blok M-Kota route, Corridor II connecting Pulo Gadung and Harmoni, Corridor III connecting Kalideres and Harmoni, and Corridor VIII plying Lebak Bulu-Harmony route.
The buses, operated by state-run bus company Damri, were ordered from China last year, Akbar said as quoted by kompas.com. Akbar said that the manufacturer needed one year to produce the buses from scratch. The Transjakarta buses are made with some specific conditions, such as its 110-centimeter-height floor and its compressed-natural gas (CNG) fueling system.
Apart from ordering 66 new buses, Akbar said that the BLU also plans to add another 76 buses. The procurement process of the 76 buses, which will be operated by private bus company Bianglala Metropolitan, will start in November and is set to operate in 2014. (han/lfr)
Bus provision gets in the way of bylaw deliberation, The Jakarta Post November 03 2012
The Jakarta City Council is looking into a plan by the administration to provide new buses for the Transjakarta Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and grant minibuses to transport companies in deliberation of transportation-related bylaws.
Triwisaksana, the council’s Regional Legislation Body (Balegda) chairman, said that the plans were among main issues discussed by councilors in the deliberation of three transportation-related bylaws. “There are still controversies surrounding the bus provision plan. We are looking for opinions from experts and non-governmental organizations,” Triwisaksana told reporters at the Council building on Friday.
According to the councilor, the City Transportation Agency is planning to procure a total of 450 new buses — 150 of which are articulated — to the BRT system. “We have received input that the administration has no obligation to procure new buses. Instead, it’s the duty of private BRT route operators to provide their own buses,” said Triwisaksana, who is also a Council deputy speaker from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS).
Last week, a number of councilors had already expressed disagreement over a plan by Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to grant 1,000 new minibuses to replace the decade-old public minibuses Metromini and Kopaja. Councilors considered PT Metro Mini and PT Koperasi Angkutan Jakarta (Kopaja) as profit oriented companies and therefore did not qualify to receive grants from the city coffers.
Budi Susandi, a member of city-sanction the Jakarta Transportation Council (DTKJ), agreed that the city does not need to provide new buses to the BRT system. “As a matter of fact, it would be illegal for the city to do so because bus provision by the operators is stated in their contract with the administration,” Budi said. Budi said that city’s payment to the operators had included cost of bus procurement.
The Council is targeting to have issued three transportation related-bylaws within the next four weeks. The three bylaws include one on city transportation, another on Transjakarta BRT regionally owned company, and the other on BRT networks. Altogether, with the recently passed bylaw on parking fees, the bylaws will regulate, among other matters, interconnection between transportation modes, transportation network development, private vehicles, traffic management, electronic road pricing (ERP), vehicle age restrictions, motorcycle usage, on-street parking and parking garages.
The bill on city transportation already missed its October deadline despite the Council saying it was prioritizing to pass it first. The transportation bylaw draft is currently being dealt with simultaneously with the Detail Spatial Plan and Zoning Regulations, locally known by the acronym RDTR.
TransJakarta Set to Get Elevated Lanes, New Buses in 2013 by Lenny Tristia Tambun, The Jakarta Globe | November 27, 2012
Construction of the newest TransJakarta corridor, featuring long elevated sections to avoid traffic bottlenecks and jams, will commence next year, the city administration revealed on Monday.
Udar Pristono, head of the Jakarta Transportation Office, said that the new route, corridor XIII, would run from Blok M in South Jakarta to Ciledug in Tangerang, passing through the chronically congested Jalan Raya Ciledug. “We’ll begin the construction of the route in 2013, and hopefully we’ll be able to complete it in three phases using a multi-year funding arrangement. The construction must be complete in 2015,” he said at City Hall after a meeting with Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo.
He added that the total cost for the corridor, including the elevated sections, would be around Rp 1.4 trillion ($146 million), with Rp 300 billion to be released in 2013, Rp 800 billion the following year and Rp 300 billion in 2015. Udar said the actual construction of the route would only start in the fourth quarter of next year, after the engineering design and tender phases were done.
Joko said the project was significant because it would be the first bus route running on elevated sections of roadway. “In areas where the existing roads are narrow, we have no choice but to build elevated roads for the busway,” he said. All the existing TransJakarta routes take up an entire lane on existing roads, a point that has long been a target of criticism by motorists.
In another move to improve the flow of buses on the Trans-Jakarta network, Joko said he would deploy up to 3,000 Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers to keep the bus-only lanes clear of other vehicles. “I don’t want the busway program to be carried out half-heartedly,” he said. “I want it to be implemented 100 percent so that the commuters can benefit fully from it.” He said the Satpol PP officers would be reassigned as busway monitors tasked with keeping other vehicles out of the lanes.
Udar said they would work in two shifts each day, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. “This has already been approved and can be implemented in 2013. The reinforcement of human resources is an instruction from the city leaders, and in order to comply, we will use existing Satpol PP personnel,” he said. “Their job will not only be to ensure that the busway lanes are clear of other vehicles, but also to prevent pedestrians from walking in the lanes.”
Several people have been run over by buses and killed after straying into the lanes in recent years. The city has already begun to heighten the concrete separators along the lanes to prevent other vehicles from moving in and out of the bus lanes.
Separators 50 centimeters high have been installed along sections of corridor VI, running from Dukuh Atas to Ragunan in South Jakarta and passing through the Kuningan business district. Similar separators are being built along other routes. Udar said his office already had around 600 busway monitors policing the lanes, but that this was simply not enough to effectively cover the TransJakarta network’s 11 corridors spanning 171.5 kilometers.
Corridor XII, from Pluit to Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta, is expected to be completed by the end of the year and will add another 23.7 kilometers to the network. Corridor XIII is also expected to run some 23 kilometers.
The network will also get 102 new buses in December and 450 next year, Udar said. “The addition of these new buses will help improve overall services on the network,” he said. He added that with more buses and obstruction-free lanes, the transportation office hoped to significantly slash the waiting time between buses at shelters, which currently averages five to 10 minutes.
However, he noted that to be even more effective, the network needs to be served by at least one refueling station per corridor. The new buses, like most of the existing ones, run on compressed natural gas, which is currently only available at a handful of stations in the city.
Slight delay for Korridor 12 but it seems it will still be rolled out gradually from later this month.
New Tanjung Priok-Pluit TransJakarta Corridor Set for January Launch, Jakarta Globe | December 04, 2012
A new TransJakarta busway corridor connecting Tanjung Priok to Pluit in North Jakarta will begin full operations next month.
The head of the Jakarta Transportation Office, Udar Pristono, said the capital administration had opened the tender for the operator that will serve Corridor XII, with crews still finishing construction of the route’s bridges. “God willing, the launching of Corridor XII will be done in January 2013,” Pristono said, as quoted by beritajakarta.com after meeting with Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama on Tuesday.
The operator will roll out the corridor gradually, beginning with a trial run this month of only 20 buses. By the end of December, there will be 36 buses in total serving the 23.7-kilometer route along Jakarta’s northern coastal area. The government plans to add 76 more buses in the middle of 2013.
TransJakarta Management Unit (BLU TransJakarta) head Muhammad Akbar said there would be 13 bus stops along the route from South Pluit to Tanjung Priok. The corridor will have connecting stops with Corridor IX, (linking Pinangranti to Pluit), Corridor I (Blok M to Kota), Corridor V (Kampung Melayu to Ancol) and Corridor X (Tanjung Priok to Cililitan). Udar said the Jakarta Transportation Office would also overhaul the capital’s Kopaja services, allowing some to ply TransJakarta busway lanes.
Air conditioned Kopaja buses, which hit Jakarta’s streets in July, have one door on both sides, allowing them to serve passengers boarding from TransJakarta bus stops and those seeking a ride from street level on the other side.
The fare for these Kopaja passengers is set at Rp 5,000 (52 cents), and passengers will be allowed to transfer freely to TransJakarta buses. Passengers riding the TransJakarta, however, will have to pay again if they want to then board a Kopaja. “This is integrated public transportation,” Udar said. “Hopefully people will be interested to use it and leave their private vehicles.”
Korridor 1 finally gets articulated buses some 4 years after they first started operating on Korridors 6 & 7. Having taken an articulated buse on Korridor 6 a few years ago it was a significant difference with pax space given nearly all normal buses are always packed.
Transjakarta buses to be much more flexible soon, The Jakarta Post, 07/01/13
The Transjakarta Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will operate more articulated buses to cope with the increase in people using public transport, an official says. Ten of the new articulated buses — manufactured by Chinese bus manufacturer Zhongtong — went on the road last week in Corridor 1, the route between Blok M in the south and Kota in the north.
An articulated bus can accommodate up to 160 passengers, while a normal single bus can only transport 85 passengers. “We will cut waiting time with these buses. Some of the old buses will be retired and replaced with these new buses,” Transjakarta chief Muhammad Akbar said on Saturday. “The new buses should balance the expected increase in Transjakarta passengers this year,” he said.
At the moment, Transjakarta carries 320,000 passengers per day. Corridors 1 and 8 (Lebak Bulus to Harmoni) will have 66 new “flexible” buses early this year. Another 36 buses will run on the new Corridor 12 (Tanjung Priok to Pluit via Manggadua in the north of the city) that is expected to open this January.
The natural-gas-fueled buses are equipped with closed circuit television (CCTV) to ensure the safety of passengers. “CCTV footage can be used as an evidence should any crime occur in the buses. It is also useful for the drivers to monitor the passengers,” he said.
Fika Rahmi, 23, a Transjakarta passenger, said that the CCTV would be very useful to prevent crime and sexual abuse of female passenger using the service. “Even though the buses already provide female-only spaces, they are cramped most of the time, and the passengers are intimidated, be it from harassment or pickpockets. I think CCTV will help prevent these things happening in the future,” she said.
“However, these new facilities should be looked after by the passengers. The interiors of most of the buses nowadays are wrecked, the doors are jammed and the overhead straps are detached. I don’t know how long these CCTV cameras will last if the passengers don’t change their attitude,” said the advertising agency employee.
Lariza Adisty, 23, hopes the new articulated buses will cut the waiting time and be less crowded. “One of the reasons that people are reluctant to travel with Transjakarta is because the buses are overcrowded most of the time. It’s not as comfortable as it could be. It is really not much different from the non-air conditioned minibuses,” she said. (nad)
BRT finally getting a network wide integrated e ticket platform which can be used for other buses in the future. I wonder if any thought was given to ensuring potential compatibility with the future MRT ticketing platform?
Transjakarta launches e-ticketing system, Sita W. Dewi, Jakarta 23 January 2013
Jakarta is one step closer to an integrated mass transportation network, with the launch of the Transjakarta Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system’s prepaid ticketing system on Tuesday.
In the future, the electronic ticket (e-ticket), which is actually a card, can also be used for people travelling by other mass transportation means. “Commuters will be able to use the card to buy tickets for Kopaja [PT Koperasi Angkutan Jakarta], Metromini and Transjakarta buses in the future,” Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said during the system’s launch at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta. He added the system was expected to reduce lines at ticket booths. New Kopaja and Metromini minibuses will be able to share Transjakarta’s exclusive lanes and bus stops in the future.
Commuters can purchase the electronic cards at 13 Transjakarta bus shelters in Manggarai, Ragunan, GOR Sumantri, Mampang and Kuningan Barat, Blok M in South Jakarta; Dukuh Atas, Sarinah and Harmoni in Central Jakarta; Kota in West Jakarta; and Pulogadung, Arion and Utan Kayu in East Jakarta.
Turning on the style: A commuter has her e-ticket scanned at a turnstile in the Monas shelter in Central Jakarta, on Tuesday. The administration has launched an e-ticketing system to support the integration of a public transportation network and to cut lines. JP/P.J. Leo
The ticketing system that serves Transjakarta commuters is supported by a consortium of five major banks — privately owned Bank Central Asia and city-owned Bank DKI, as well as state banks Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia and Bank Negara Indonesia. Commuters can also use e-payment cards issued by the five banks, such as BCA’s Flazz card, BRI’s Brizzi card and Mandiri’s e-Toll card, in place of the Transjakarta e-ticket. The five banks are allowed to set up ATMs at Tranjakarta bus shelters in acknowledgement of their investment in the system.
Currently, only Transjakarta’s Corridor 1, serving the Blok M–Kota route, is equipped with the e-ticketing system, while the remaining corridors will follow suit from February to April this year. “Our aim is to achieve 1 million transactions [equal to 1 million paper tickets] per day,” Jokowi said. Jakarta Transportation Agency head Udar Pristono said Transjakarta currently sold 320,000 paper tickets every day. With each ticket priced at Rp 3,500 (36 US cents) — the Transjakarta Management Agency (BLU) books Rp 1.12 billion daily. To achieve the target, BLU has added 102 articulated buses, also launched on the same day.
Of that number, 66 articulated buses will operate in Corridor 1 to replace the current fleet of buses that have run for nine years. The remaining buses will operate in Corridor 12 serving the Pluit–Tanjung Priok route that has yet to commence operations.
State-owned bus company Damri will take over the operations of Corridor I, replacing PT Jakarta Express Trans (JET), whose contract to operate the corridor expired in late 2012. Jokowi promised that 450 new buses (150 articulated buses and 300 single buses) will be added to the existing fleet of 524 buses by the end of the year to improve Transjakarta’s declining services.
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Korridor 12 finally to open on Feb 14 with the launch reportedly delayed by the recent city wide floods.
North Jakarta to Get New Busway Corridor, Lenny Tristia Tambun, 2 February 2013
The capital administration intends to give North Jakarta residents a Valentine’s Day gift when it launches two new modes of transportation on Feb. 14. Jakarta Transportation Agency head Udar Pristono said the TransJakarta busway’s new Corridor XII, which will connect Pluit and Tanjung Priok, and a ferry service linking Marunda and Muara Baru will soon be operational.
Udar said Corridor XII was supposed to be launched in January but the plan was delayed due to the major flooding that hit the capital last month. “During the floods, Pluit and its surrounding areas were inundated by big floods so we had to postpone the launch and decided to launch it in conjunction with the launch of the water transportation in Marunda,” Udar said on Friday.
A TransJakarta bus making a stop on Corridor XI in East Jakarta. The capital administration plans to have a new corridor connecting Pluit and Tanjung Priok. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)
The busway corridor, which will link the west and east sides of North Jakarta, spans 23.7 kilometers. Bianglala Metropolitan, the company that won the tender to operate Corridor XII, could eventually operate 36 units of articulated TransJakarta buses along the route. The operator will initially operate 20 buses and will only operate all 36 units if demand warrants it.
Corridor XII will have 13 bus stops and will connect with corridors IX (Pinangranti-Pluit), I (Blok M-Kota), V (Kampung Melayu-Ancol) and X (Tanjung Priok-Cililitan).
Meanwhile, the launch of a water-based mode of travel is intended to provide residents living in the subsidized, low-cost Marunda apartments with better transportation as part of the administration’s efforts to lure residents who refuse to leave their riverbank homes to move into the apartments. The apartments have been criticized as inconveniently located, with few transportation options to and from the area. The administration will initially operate two small boats with capacities of 25-30 passengers. The boats will ferry riders between the Marunda and Muara Baru neighborhoods along a 17-kilometer stretch of the Marunda River.
Korridor 12 finally opened as announced on the 14th. The Gov took a ride and wasn't impressed with vehicle who entered the bus lane. Work on Korridor 13 said to start later this year. Also, it seems that the BRT will start operating 24 hrs a day later in the year?
City gets new officials, Transjakarta corridor, by Sita W. Dewi, The Jakarta Post, 15 February 2013
North Jakartans will get to enjoy the Transjakarta Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and water transportation systems, following the launch of the two by Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday. Later in the day, the governor inaugurated 20 new city administration officials, including South Jakarta Mayor Anas Effendi who now assumes the Jakarta Library and Archive Institute’s top position — a position deemed as less prestigious.
Jokowi also launched new Transjakarta Corridor 12, which connects Pluit to Tanjung Priok, and a water transportation plying Marunda and Muara Angke at the Fatahillah Museum bus shelter in West Jakarta. The new corridor, which extends some 23 kilometers, has 36 articulated buses and 26 bus shelters, including four interchanges: Kota (Corridor 1), Gunung Sahari Mangga Dua (Corridor 5), Penjaringan (Corridor 9) and Sunter Kelapa Gading (Corridor 10).
The water transportation system, which operates two boats and has four stops in Marunda, Ancol, Muara Baru and Muara Angke, is designated mainly for low-cost Marunda Apartment tenants who work in Muara Baru. “The new buses are comfortable because they are new and are equipped with CCTV cameras to prevent potential onboard bus crimes such as sexual harassment,” Jokowi said onboard an articulated bus while trying out the new corridor.
Transportation Agency head Udar Pristono said that the construction of Corridor 13 (Ciledug—Blok M) would start at the end of the year. According to its master plan, the administration will eventually have a total of 15 Transjakarta corridors. Jokowi said that an adequate numbers of buses, as well gas stations, would be necessary to further improve Transjakarta services. The BRT system will have 450 new buses later this year.
He said 90 old buses would also be refurbished within the next six months to be used for night shift operations as the BRT system would operate 24 hours a day. “The ticket price for night trips will be set higher than daytime prices,” he said. Transjakarta tickets now sell for Rp 2,000 (US 21 cents) for trips between 5 a.m–7 a.m., and Rp 3,500 from 7 a.m–10 p.m.
City Rolls Out New TransJakarta Route, by Lenny Tristia Tambun 15 February 15, 2013
The newest section of the TransJakarta bus network went into operation on Thursday, running from Pluit to Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta and connecting to four other corridors along the way.
Udar Pristono, the head of the Jakarta Transportation Office, said that Corridor XII of the TransJakarta network, which was supposed to have opened at the end of last year but was delayed for various reasons, was an important part of the city administration’s wider program of ensuring cheap, accessible and reliable public transportation throughout the capital.
“Our hope is that with the opening of this new bus corridor, residents along the route who normally travel by car or motorcycle will be encouraged to take the bus,” he said at an event to inaugurate the new service. “That way, this corridor will contribute toward easing the overall congestion on the existing public road network in the area.”
At 23.7 kilometers long, the Pluit-Tanjung Priok route is one of the longest corridors in the TransJakarta network, nearly double the 12.9 kilometers of Corridor I, which runs from Blok M to Kota, and brings the total length of the bus network to 210 kilometers.
The new corridor serves 26 shelters, half of which were newly built for the route. Along the way, it intersects with four other corridors, including Corridor I, Corridor V (Kampung Melayu to Ancol), Corridor IX (Pinang Ranti to Pluit) and Corridor X (Tanjung Priok to Cililitan). The route will be served by a fleet of 36 new articulated buses imported from China, which the city administration expects will be able to carry up to 34,000 passengers a day.
Among those who tried out the new route on the opening day was Joko Widodo, the Jakarta governor, who made a one-hour trip from Kota to Tanjung Priok. He praised the design of the Kota shelter, which he said had been built in such a way as to blend with the design of the surrounding buildings in the historical Kota Tua area. He also admired the way that information panels had been set up around the shelter.
Once on the road, however, the governor took issue with the number of other vehicles entering the ostensibly exclusive bus lane, as well as stretches of road that were flooded, all of which served to slow down the trip. “I’ll keep working on all these issues until we’ve got them sorted out,” he promised.
24 hr operation kicks off in a few months.
TransJakarta Busway Builds Fleet to Prepare for 24-Hour Operation, Jakarta Globe 4 March 2013
The Jakarta Administration is building fleets to service the TransJakarta busway system’s upcoming 24-hour schedule, planned to kick off in July, an official said on Monday. Udar Pristono, the head of Jakarta’s Transportation Office, said the night shift of TransJakarta will be using the revamped buses from Corridor I. “The fleets for the night TransJakarta will be from refurbished buses from Corridor I [Blok M to Kota route],” he said, as quoted by Indonesian news portal Kontan.co.id.
Pristono said the contracts of 90 buses from Corridor I would end in June and they would then be sent to mechanics for renovation. The corridor has new fleets, so sending the older buses to TransJakarta’s night service would not interfere with the regular schedule, Udar said. “After they [the buses] are refurbished, the night shift of TransJakarta will start operating in the third quarter of this year,” he said.
Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama previously said that increasing the TransJakarta service will accommodate people’s need for a safe public transportation at night. “The idea came because many Jakartans go home from work at night. So when TransJakarta can fully operate for 24 hours, it could give a lot of benefit for the citizens,” he said, as quoted by Sindonews.com in February.
Basuki said night time public transportation options are still very limited in the city. The 24-hour TransJakarta service will help reduce the number of illegal minivans taking passengers at night, he said. “Therefore the crime potential that is feared by the citizen could also be reduced,” he said.
The National Police in February acknowledged that there is a general sense of unease among the public about taking public transportation in Indonesia, but say it is up to transportation authorities to address the matter of security. Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar, a spokesman for the police, said that the recent death of a university student who jumped from a moving public minibus, or angkot, out of fear that the driver intended to rape her highlighted the negative public perception of public transportation. Instances of rape and kidnappings aboard angkots have become increasingly common in Jakarta. At least eight women have been kidnapped or raped by angkot drivers in the Greater Jakarta region in the past year.