I’m Indonesian. All over the world know that the most crowded island in Indonesia is Java. I don’t know what exactly how much people live on Java, but i confident that this is the most crowded island in Indonesia, especially Jakarta as capital town of Indonesia.
Everyday, people who work to Jakarta depend on public transportation, especially who live outside Jakarta like Bogor, Depok, Tanggerang, & Bekasi. PT. Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), as Badan Usaha Milik Negara (BUMN) or government organization that responsible managing train in Indonesia have a huge and faced complicated problem. Let’s tear down what are their problem.
First, KAI must have strategy to pick up a lot of people at the same time with a limited train that they have. This is happened at morning when all people go to work and at afternoon when all people back from work. Second, the weather around Bogor often occurs storm and lighting. It often that lighting strike the cable of the train and make signal lost. The train can’t go and stuck. Everyone can only waiting until this signal fixed. Third, the people habit of Indonesia are so unruly. This is make PT KAI very dizzy how to manage their habit. Take a look this picture below. Even PT KAI have warn to not climb up the train, they still climb.
But now that picture are rarely seen. PT KAI new strategy are disbanded economic class and change with commuter line, the high class train with affordable price. PT KAI arrange progressive price to make even affordable. 5 first station, passenger only pay Rp2000 and next 3 station they add Rp500 with the high price are Rp7000. This is make passenger that usually pay the full price of commuter line (Rp9000), pay only what they want to go. Yes, we left behind with other country that has long this system applied. But i believe, this is the change that make our public transportation especially train even better.
PT KAI also sterilize area around each station of JABODETABEK. Now i rarely seen pedagang kaki lima (PKL) or cadger around station. They also sterilize a parking area for passenger that bring their vehicle to station. Take a look this picture of Bogor station below, my home town station that i usually take train off. Now it’s look clean and very organize. I can bring my vehicle to station, park on there, and go to Jakarta peacefully.
PT KAI also add their train to adjust with the demand of passenger, especially the busy time (in the morning and afternoon when workers back to their home). The schedule are very dense now.This make me not wait for along time to take the train. Passenger not as crowded as before.
Even the service that PT KAI still lack and far from perfect, i appreciate their effort. At least the improvement are seen by me as the passenger. They want the passenger more comfort to take the train, more easily to use their service, and more peacefully in the train.
Thank you PT KAI to make this public transportation even better. Please continue your development. I believe you can do it.
Thank you very much.