January 27, 2009

Hundreds Clean Five Transjakarta Shelters

It was a quiet Sunday morning in the usually busy street of Jl. Jend. Sudirman. There were no cars, just Transjakarta buses and crowds of people in some of the bus shelters along Corridor 1.

Many Jakartans, young and old, men and women alike, grasped cleaning equipment, coming together to clean some of the Transjakarta bus shelters.

“It’s fun because this is not something that happens every day and because people from different schools and communities are working together,” Sasya, a student of Tarakanita High School, said on Sunday.

The Transjakarta busway and the city administration in cooperation with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and sponsored by PT Coca-Cola Bottling Indonesia company held the “Cleaning the Transjakarta Bus Shelters together with Coca-Cola” event on Sunday. There were dozens of people cleaning each shelter. They cleaned the windows, swept the floor, collected trash, and pulled stickers off the walls.

“I think there were more than 50 people to each shelter, far too many in fact, because I saw there were people doing nothing while others were working,” Sasya said.

There were hundreds of volunteers from the company, the Transjakarta employees, high school and college students, the marines, and various communities such as the Jakarta Green Monster and the Green Map, cleaning five of the total of 20 shelters along Corridor 1 from Blok M, South Jakarta to Kota, Central Jakarta.

As of January, Transjakarta company operates 269 single buses and 13 articulated buses along 97.35 kilometers of exclusive bus lanes.

It has 120 shelters along the routes. (JP/fmb)

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Hundreds Clean Five Transjakarta Shelters


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