TransJakarta Managing Director Agung Wicaksono, left, demonstrates the new Tap-On-Bus payment system at a bus stop on Jalan Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)

Tap, Tap and Away: TransJakarta to Use Simpler Tap-on-Bus Payment System


AUGUST 06, 2019

Jakarta. Jakarta's public bus provider TransJakarta will upgrade its payment method to a "tap-on-bus" system on all its non-corridor buses by the end of this year. The new system will accept all electronic money cards instead of just a selected few. 

"Tap-on-bus will replace electronic data capture [EDC] from banks. Everything will be cashless. You will not need to carry cash anymore to ride on TransJakarta buses," TransJakarta Managing Director Agung Wicaksono said in a press release on Tuesday.

Agung demonstrated how to use the tap-on-bus system at a bus stop on Jalan Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Tuesday.

Currently, only 100 TransJakarta buses are equipped with the tap-on-bus machine. Agung said by the end of 2019 all 800 non-corridor buses will use the new e-money card reader.

Agung said the tap-on-bus system was preferred because it can be used with all e-money cards. The current EDC machine only recognizes some from selected banks.

"This means commuters are sometimes forced to carry multiple e-money cards," Agung said.

He said TransJakarta has always planned to upgrade its payment system gradually from cash to EDC and then to tap-on-bus.

The new payment system is already available on the following TransJakarta routes: Tanah Abang-Gondangdia Station (1H), Tanah Abang-Blok M (1N), Tanah Abang-Senen Station (1R), Pinang Ranti-Pulogadung (4F) and Kampung Melayu-Tanah Abang (5F).