Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Transjakarta to Add 7,000 Buses to Help Tackle Air Pollution

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaTransjakarta CEO Agung Wicaksono said his company will add 7,000 armada in 2020.

    "We currently have 3,000 armadas," said Agung in Central Jakarta today, September 12.

    He said that the majority of the new bus will be minibus or angkot, asserting that the buses are owned by the operator that conduct a partnership with the city-owned transportation company.

    Agung further said there will be electric bus among the 7,000 new fleets but he cannot yet announce the number.

    Currently, the company has three electric buses that were tested for 6 months at tourism sites in the city. Agung said another trial will take place for another 6 months before imposing the tariff next year.

    The three electric buses, produced by China-based BYD Company Ltd and Mobil Anak Bangsa (MAB), have passed the type approval and are currently waiting for the registration plate. "The transportation ministry said the bus is feasible," Agung said.

    The addition of Transjakarta fleet is part of the Governor Instruction No. 66/2019 on the eradication of air pollution that is passed last month. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan asked the transportation company to add armada in order to attract more people to use public transportation.

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