MRT Jakarta and KRL Commuterline resume normal operations, TransJakarta buses still diverted due to road closures

Bundaran HI MRT station. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid/Coconuts Media
Bundaran HI MRT station. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid/Coconuts Media

Most public transportation services in Jakarta have resumed normal operations today, but the mobility of buses are still being limited in downtown Central Jakarta due to road closures from the post-election protests earlier this week.

Jakarta’s new subway, the MRT, announced via its social media channels that normal service has been restored across all its 13 stations. Previously, on Wednesday, MRT Jakarta closed Bundaran HI station in Central Jakarta — which is within walking distance to the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) office where most of the protesters were concentrated. Yesterday, MRT Jakarta closed all of its underground stations, meaning the service only ran along its elevated railway line and stations amid fears of further unrest.

 

Similarly, the KRL Commuterline train service has also resumed normal operations following the reopening of Tanah Abang and Palmerah stations. Tanah Abang was particularly under threat on Wednesday morning after rioters pelted stones at the facility, leaving passengers temporarily stranded.

Meanwhile, several TransJakarta bus routes are still being diverted as roadblocks on protest hotspots such as Jalan MH Thamrin are still up today, and will likely remain up until the end of the week. Among the routes affected are Corridor 1 (Blok M-Kota), Corridor 6B (Ragunan-Monas via Semanggi) and Corridor 6A (Ragunan-Monas via Kuningan). Corridor 9 (Pinang Ranti-Pluit), which passes through Slipi, where violent riots took place on Wednesday, has reopened today.

For live updates, passengers may check TransJakarta’s official Twitter account as well as commuting apps such as Moovit or Trafi.

If you’re commuting by car or motorcycle, it’s a good idea to check Google Maps before you go as the app gives real-time updates on road closures in the city.

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