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Revealed: the world’s longest BRT system

April 11, 2019

Busworld South East Asia took place in Jakarta last month and it was interesting to discover that one of its exhibitors runs the longest bus rapid transit (BRT) system in the world.

The company in question, TransJakarta, boasts a BRT system measuring 251 km in length. It serves 663 000 passengers a day, who travel across 155 routes (as recently as 2015, a mere 41 routes were on offer). About 189,8-million passengers used the service of TransJakarta last year.

Back in 2015, TransJakarta operated 605 buses; that’s risen to 1 500 and should soon double to
3 000. While the number of routes and buses has changed over the years, the fare hasn’t: it has remained Rp 3 500 (about R3,56) since day one. How we wish that the same held true here.

My friends call me a glomad (a global nomad lest you don’t get it). That’s a particularly apt word, because I am always trawling all corners of the globe, looking for stories. As a result, I have slept in some seriously strange places – on a bed of ice in the Arctic circle, on the floor in a traditional Japanese hotel, on the sand dunes in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan … and even on the floor of a Thai cargo ship. Mostly however I tend to sleep on aircraft (if I had a dog, he would bark at me when I eventually come home). I am passionate about trucks, cars, travel, food, wine, people and hugs – so I write about all these things. Except the hugs.

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