The Transjakarta Bus System (commonly known as Busway) opened in January 2004 was an experiment with offering commuters an effective mass transit system that could circumvent the hopelessly clogged streets. The concept is similar to other international bus transportation models in the "think tram, drive bus" school, with dedicated lanes and priority.
The first line (or corridor) starts at the busy Blok M bus station and goes north all the way to Kota railway station. Buses running on various kinds of biofuels stop at platforms with restricted access via ticket counters. There are currently three corridors in service, and the system is planned to be extended to 15 by 2010.
The system is not without flaws however. Despite being a huge success the subsidised tickets have resulted in bad economy, and plans to raise the ticket prices have been met with resistance.
This particular photo is taken through the windshield of a bus driving north through Glodok. The tinted windshield at least got rid of the boring white sky but wasn't really the success I had hoped for...
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ktanska (24900) 2007-03-20 7:20
Lovely sight seeing open road in front of you, while others are stuck on congestion. I see many prefer the private way, whether they are not yet used to buses or if they can't get where they are going by bus.
The sky indeed isn't clear and colours are a bit dull, but you can blame that on the cars too!
JohnTurton (773) 2007-04-11 9:55
Thanks for sharing. It's a great travel shot and your note is very useful.
- Copyright: Johan Rehn (grantcorp) (123)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-13
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS 300, 28-80mm Canon AF (58mm), Kodak Gold 200, HOYA UV(O) (58mm)
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-03-20 6:28