Jakarta Police and transportation officials are planning to install 30 centimeter-high TransJakarta busway lane separators in an effort to curb accidents.
The capital’s busway system is currently separated from traffic by an often ignored 10 centimeter-high curb. Motorists routinely drive over the divider and use the busway as a shortcut around Jakarta’s notorious traffic jams.
Police are now trying to keep motorists out of bus lanes, citing a recent trip by the transportation agency to Guangzhou, China, as inspiration. The agency now plans to install the dividers along bus routes and taler fences at other locations.
“After coordinating with the Transportation Agency, we’re planning to heighten the separators to about 30 centimeters. As for fences, we’re currently installing some of them,” said Adj. Sr. Comr. Wahyono, of the Jakarta Police said. “We will use strong rubber for the materials, not concrete, so as not to harm other road users.”
The project is still pending approval from the Public Works Ministry, Wahyono said.
Officials have also proposed upgrading Jakarta’s pedestrian crossings and street lights.
“We’ve also proposed the construction of crossing bridges and street lights as supporting facilities. But surely we can’t just kick off their construction; there have to be approvals from the Public Works Ministry and other relevant institutions,” Wahyono said.
The comments came less than a week after a TransJakarta bus fatally struck a 10-year-old boy crossing Jalan Mampang Prapatan Raya, South Jakarta, with his mother.
An angry mob responded by tearing the bus apart, destroying its windows and doors.