Jakarta City Government to Freeze Fares for Public Transport in 2020

Jakarta MRT (Photo: The Jakarta Post)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said fares for MRT Jakarta, LRT Jakarta and Transjakarta buses will remain the same in 2020 despite subsidies being cut from the initial proposal. The move is to encourage more commuters to use public transport.

The city administration and the City Council proposed a surge of subsidies allocated for the transportation sector from this year’s budget at Rp 3.71 trillion (US$265 million) to Rp 5.6 trillion (US$401 million) for 2020. Finally the budget for city subsidies for public transport will be capped at Rp 4.5 trillion (US$322 million).

Anies said the lower subsidies would not impact public transportation services.

All [mentioned public transportation] will operate as usual. Services w ill not be disturbed. We have figured it out,” Anies said at Dukuh Atas MRT station on Tuesday as quoted by Indonesia news’ publication kompas,com.

The subsidy budget will be used to subsidize fares of the three aforementioned public transportation modes for 10 months from January until October 2020.

MRT Jakarta and LRT Jakarta began commercial operation on April 1 and Dec. 1, respectively.

Anies went on to say that the cut subsidies should trigger city-owned transportation companies PT MRT Jakarta, PT LRT Jakarta, and PT Transjakarta to perform better in increasing their revenue from non-fare boxes.

“We hope the operators are able to increase [revenue] from the non-fare box,” he said.

The councilors are expected to endorse on Wednesday the proposed 2020 subsidies at Rp 3.29 trillion for Transjakarta buses, an increase from this year’s Rp 2.76 trillion; Rp 825 billion for MRT Jakarta, an increase from Rp 672 billion; and Rp 440 billion for LRT Jakarta, about 1.5 times bigger than 2020 budget.

Among additional measures to attract new travellers is the multiplication of payment channels. MRT just introduced a QR code scanning to speed up payments on December 1st, in parallel to other payment methods.  Commuters can for that purpose download the MRTJ app on Android and iOS app.