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NEW BUSWAY ROUTE: An official van belonging to the City Transportation Agency escorts a compressed natural gas (CNG)- fueled bus, which is trying out the new busway lane in front of the Istiqlal Grand Mosque in Central Jakarta. The administration plans to launch the new busway route on Jan. 15. JP/R. Berto Wedhatama
City redirects 29 bus routes to make way for busway
Damar Harsanto, The Jakarta Post/Jakarta
Regular passengers of public buses traveling along busway corridors two and three should prepare for some route changes.
The City Transportation Agency said on Friday that 29 routes involving 302 bus affected by the new busway corridors would be redirected once the corridors become fully operational in April.
"We will introduce the rerouting when the busway corridors two and three are fully operational in April. Currently, we are preparing a study on it," City Transportation Agency head Nurrachman said Friday.
Busway corridor two, linking Pulogadung bus terminal in East Jakarta to Harmoni in Central Jakarta, and corridor three, spanning from Harmoni to Kalideres bus terminal in West Java, will be launched on Jan. 15, exactly one year after corridor one, stretching from Blok M bus terminal to Kota in West Java, was introduced.
There are 302 buses driving 29 bus routes parallel with the two busway corridors.
Nurrachman declined to detail the rerouting plan. However, he said that his agency would likely change certain public buses into feeder buses for the new busway routes.
Data from the agency shows that 17 routes with 179 buses would be affected between 50 percent and 100 percent in the Pulogadung-Harmoni busway corridor, while the Harmoni-Kalideres route would scrap 12 routes served by 123 buses.
Bus operators affected by the busway routes include Mayasari Bhakti, state bus operator PPD, Steady Safe and PT Metromini.
Most of those bus operators are part of the consortium, PT TransBatavia, which is assigned to manage the new busway corridors.
Nurrachman also said on Friday that the operations of the two busway corridors would worsen traffic jams at several points along the routes.
"Chronic traffic congestion is inevitable at several locations, like in front of Taman Anggrek Mall in West Jakarta and at the Senen underpass in Central Jakarta," Nurrachman said.
He said the worst jams would occur in Tomang where three traffic flows exiting from the Kebon Jeruk highway, S. Parman overpass and Jl. S Parman would meet in front of the mall.
Nurrachman acknowledged the agency had yet to find a solution for the congestion.
"Space constraints have forced us to allow busway buses to share lanes with other vehicles," he said, adding that no lane divider would be placed at these points.
Aside from the roads in front of the Taman Anggrek Mall and the Senen underpass, busway buses would also share the same lanes with other vehicles in Roxy in West Jakarta and on Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan in North Jakarta.
Tickets for the new busway buses would cost Rp 3,500, the same price as for the first busway corridor from Blok M in South Jakarta to Kota in West Jakarta.
On Jan. 15, the administration will start operating 23 buses, eight compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered and 15 diesel-fueled.
"We are awaiting a shipment of 25 other CNG-fueled buses from South Korean company Daewoo, which is expected to arrive here in mid-January," he said.
The new busway corridors will be fully operational in April with 71 environmentally friendly buses begin work.