Phase 2 of Jakarta MRT set to begin construction by end of year, start operation by 2025

For those of us living in Jakarta, it feels like construction on (and the resultant traffic from) the first phase of the capital’s mass rapid transit (MRT) system has been going on forever. But there’s light at the end of that tunnel, with officials saying phase 1 will be operational in March 2019. But how ...

Transportation

Indonesia Transportation Ministry proposing panic button in ride-hailing apps for passenger and driver safety

Indonesia Transportation Ministry proposing panic button in ride-hailing apps for passenger and driver safety

Like any form of public transportation, there’s always an element of risk involved in ride-hailing services.

Jakarta’s expanded odd-even traffic rule modified, extended until December 31

Jakarta’s expanded odd-even traffic rule modified, extended until December 31

Jakarta’s expanded odd-even traffic rule has just been modified for the third time since August, so commuters best take careful note of where and when you’ll be able to drive...

Grab criticized for asking for ‘mediation’ between customer and driver she reported for forcibly kissing her

Grab criticized for asking for ‘mediation’ between customer and driver she reported for forcibly kissing her

The ride-hailing service said "the driver partner was willing to meet with the passenger to give an explanation directly and we offered a mediation process between the two sides"...

Jakarta’s new ETLE traffic cameras captured 232 violations on first day of trial

Jakarta’s new ETLE traffic cameras captured 232 violations on first day of trial

Early signs are looking good for Jakarta’s new Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (ETLE) system.

Snap and fine: Jakarta’s new Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement system goes on month-long trial starting today

Snap and fine: Jakarta’s new Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement system goes on month-long trial starting today

The Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (ETLE) system is now in effect, meaning its digital eyes are everywhere watching your every move (at least on a few select roads, for now).

Viral: A passenger allegedly did a poop-and-run on the KRL Commmuterline train

Viral: A passenger allegedly did a poop-and-run on the KRL Commmuterline train

Number 2 in carriage 10.

Viral: Lion Air passenger assigned seat in row 35 in plane where seats only go up to row 34

Viral: Lion Air passenger assigned seat in row 35 in plane where seats only go up to row 34

As embarrassing a mistake as they come.

Subway taggers: Jakarta MRT train graffitied months before launch, culprits still unidentified

Subway taggers: Jakarta MRT train graffitied months before launch, culprits still unidentified

Some people just had to ruin it.

Transjakarta bus topples on its side after crash with busway barrier (Video)

Transjakarta bus topples on its side after crash with busway barrier (Video)

Four passengers were injured.


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Coconuts Jakarta Transportation

Some may say that Jakarta is decades behind other metropolises in terms of having a decent integrated public transportation, and they’d be right - at least temporarily. Jakarta is only recently playing catch up by building its first subway system called the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), the first line of which should be completed by 2019. Otherwise, public transport is a mess in Jakarta. The capital’s roads are filled with hardly regulated public transportation options such as Angkutan Kota (Angkot) minivans, old dilapidated buses like the Kopaja and Metro Mini, and Bajajs. Taxis are also very common, but many of them are already in states of disrepair. The rise of ride-hailing service apps such as Uber has been welcomed in Jakarta, at least by customers looking for convenience and more comfort in their commute. One app that totally changed the scene was Go-Jek, a local transportation company that allows users to hail ojek motorcycle taxis for personal transportation, food delivery, and even package delivery. Jakartans now have many ride-hailing apps to choose from at low prices, as companies compete for customers by outdoing each other in giving discounted rates. Jakartans also generally have their own private vehicles. Most of these vehicles are motorcycles, which contribute greatly to indiscipline on the roads. Car owners are greatly responsible for traffic jams too, as it’s quite common for many of Jakarta’s wealthier citizens to own more cars than they actually need.