South Jakarta gov’t promises to upgrade Kemang’s sidewalks and bike lanes

This would make barhopping in Kemang a lot easier..

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TransJakarta bus bursts into flames while on the road in Central Jakarta, no casualties

TransJakarta bus bursts into flames while on the road in Central Jakarta, no casualties

It’s been a couple of years since we had a TransJakarta bus spontaneously combust while carrying passengers in the capital, but the safety streak was unfortunately broken...

Motorcycle taxi driver in Solo killed in accident while delivering food order

Motorcycle taxi driver in Solo killed in accident while delivering food order

Having been accustomed to the everyday conveniences of ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers provide to us, it’s sometimes easy to take them for granted and realize that life on the...

Scorpion on a plane: Venomous arachnid spotted crawling on overhead bin on Lion Air flight to Jakarta

Scorpion on a plane: Venomous arachnid spotted crawling on overhead bin on Lion Air flight to Jakarta

We await with great interest to see how Lion Air takes the sting out of this PR disaster.

Police arrest 4 who allegedly scammed up to IDR10 million a day from Go-Jek through ‘fictitious orders’

Police arrest 4 who allegedly scammed up to IDR10 million a day from Go-Jek through ‘fictitious orders’

Scammers exploiting any technological loophole they can to illegally make money through ride-hailing apps is certainly not a new phenomenon in Indonesia, but the Jakarta Metro...

Garuda group cutting 20% off all domestic ticket prices following deal to drop jet fuel prices

Garuda group cutting 20% off all domestic ticket prices following deal to drop jet fuel prices

The 20% cut applies to not just to Garuda Indonesia domestic flights but also those of its subsidiary airlines Citilink and Sriwijaya Air — starting today

Phase one of Jakarta LRT set to begin operating before end of February

Phase one of Jakarta LRT set to begin operating before end of February

After authorities promised it'd be ready in time for Asian Games (and then when they missed that, before the end of last year), it looks like Jakarta's Light Rail Transit system...

Man in viral video who dismantled girlfriend’s motorcycle in rage over ticket named suspect for theft

Man in viral video who dismantled girlfriend’s motorcycle in rage over ticket named suspect for theft

Adi Saputra, an Indonesian man who gained viral infamy yesterday for starring in a video in which he flips out, flips his girlfriend’s motorcycle and dismantles it piece by...

Signal lost: Indonesia’s Constitutional Court rejects petition to allow drivers to use phone’s GPS on the road

Signal lost: Indonesia’s Constitutional Court rejects petition to allow drivers to use phone’s GPS on the road

Indonesian drivers must continue to rely on their memory and intuition (or dedicated GPS devices) to get around after the country’s courts upheld a law making the use of GPS...

Feet up for the ‘Gram: Instagram influencer steps on brand new Jakarta MRT seats, incites backlash

Feet up for the ‘Gram: Instagram influencer steps on brand new Jakarta MRT seats, incites backlash

Aqsa Aswar, a gold-winning jetski athlete, has since apologized, citing “miscommunication”


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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.