Jakarta. Grab Indonesia has arrived in Jayapura, Papua, as part of the online ride-hailing service's expansion strategy to offer a safe, convenient and affordable transportation alternative in the archipelago.
"The Grab service in the new cities will continue to leverage on the same safety aspects that we have set, from daily operations to driver training to technology features as safety is paramount to Grab," Grab Indonesia marketing director Mediko Azwar said in a statement on Tuesday (03/10).
The company said it has a system to ensure a standardized riding experience, including "stringent" background checks on driver-partners, 24/7 customer service, an insurance policy and fixed fares.
With the latest addition to its portfolio, Grab's service is now available in 75 cities across Indonesia, from Banda Aceh in the west of the country to Jayapura in the east.
However, the country declined to disclose the size of its fleet in Papua.
Other transport alternatives in Jayapura are taxis, which could cost as much as Rp 450,000 ($33) for a ride from Sentani Airport to downtown Jayapura; special airport buses that cost Rp 50,000; short-route public transportation that costs about Rp 30,000 for the six separate trips required to get from the airport to downtown Jayapura; and motorcycle taxis, costing about Rp 100,000.
According to the Grab smartphone application, a GrabCar trip from Sentani Airport to downtown Jayapura will cost Rp 161,000 during peak hours. The cost might be lower at other times when demand is lower, or when more driver-partners are available.
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