Anies: Social Distancing Going Well in Jakarta Public Transport



Mahinda Arkyasa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan lauded the operational restrictions and physical distancing between passengers carried out in public transportations in Jakarta, such as the MRT, LRT, and Transjakarta.

    "If we look at transportation restrictions, Transjakarta, MRT, and LRT, Alhamdulillah, the queue line went well, disciplined," he said during a press conference at the Jakarta City Hall, streamed on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

    Anies went on to say that physical distancing done by passengers in the MRT car had been going according to government recommendations, as the seats have been marked so that passengers remain at a safe distance.

    "Alhamdulillah, (public transportation) managed by the Jakarta Regional Government can be controlled as best as possible to ensure that physical distancing can be done," Anies said.

    According to Anies, maintaining distance is very important in public transportation as it is the most vulnerable area of transmission. In addition to the stations and train cars, physical distancing has also been carried out in Transjakarta. 

    PT MRT Jakarta has altered the departure distance between trains (headway) to be every 10 minutes starting today, Thursday, March 26, 2020, as according to the social distancing policy in the COVID-19 emergency response.

    The alteration in the headway was decided by PT MRT Jakarta after an evaluation on the number of passengers in the last 3 days. "Our evaluation in the last three days; the number of passengers has decreased to more than 90 percent of the number of passengers on a normal day," said Director of Operations and Maintenance of PT MRT Jakarta, Muhammad Effendi, in his written statement, on Thursday, March 26, 2020.