TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Budi Kaliwono, president director of city-owned bus operator PT Transjakarta, said that his company is planning to add new buses by the end of this year in a bid to improve services and increase the number of passengers.
“Currently, 1,500 new buses are not operational yet,” Budi told journalist at the Jakarta City Hall on Friday, April 21, 2017.
By the end of this year, the number of new buses is expected to reach 2,000. He explained that the company is still taking care of permits and insurance for the new buses.
Currently, Transjakarta serves 450,000 passengers on a daily basis. The number was predicted to increase this year. Budi said that the number of Transjakarta passengers jumped significantly from 270,000 per day in 2016.
Budi revealed that Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok expected Transjakarta to improve services for Jakarta residents.
“We are expected to maintain our performance,” he said.
Budi believes that Transjakarta can meet Ahok’s expectations by procuring buses from prominent manufacturers in the world, such as Scania, MAN, Volvo, Mercedez Benz, and Hino. He said that Transjakarta will no longer procure buses from China due to poor quality.