Jakarta. A fleet of red-painted public minivans or "angkot" — a common sight in Jakarta's suburban areas — has been officially announced as the feeder transport for city-operated TransJakarta buses, connecting different routes during rush hours.
Sumarsono, Jakarta's acting governor, made the announcement at City Hall in Central Jakarta on Monday morning (03/04). The red public minivans — operated by Koperasi Wahana Kalpika (KWK) — will transport passengers to TransJakarta shelters in 10 of its city-wide routes.
In two routes — from Bulak Turi to Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta and from Condet to Cililitan in East Jakarta — the red angkots had been operating since Monday. The other eight routes will follow suit soon.
Passengers will be charged Rp 15,000 ($1) for a one-month subscription on the angkot rides during rush hours — between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
"Outside those rush hours, passengers will be charged the normal fares set by Organda [Land Transportation Agency]. We only manage the rush hours to make sure the service runs smoothly," Sumarsono said.
"We hope other public minivan co-operatives will want to turn some of their fleets into feeder buses as well," he added.
KWK President Director La Ode Djeni Hasnar said around 6,300 of its public minivans will operate as TransJakarta's feeder buses.
The driver of each public minivan will be paid around Rp 1.4 million a month for the service. "We have 73 fleets. Only ten of them will join up with TransJakarta," La Ode said.