BPTJ to launch Bogor-Jakarta intercity buses as alternative for Commuter Line passengers

first_imgOn Monday, 77 out of 170 free buses provided by the BPTJ transported 1,112 passengers from Bogor and Bekasi.Polana said the BPTJ aimed to launch the new bus service, dubbed the Greater Jakarta Residential Connexion or JR Conn, in August.”JR Conn will be a point-to-point bus service, so instead of deploying from bus terminals, the buses will deploy from bus stops near residential areas to avoid crowding at bus stops or terminals,” she said.She explained that the BPTJ would still limit the buses to 50 percent of capacity to ensure passengers could maintain physical distancing.”Passengers will be required to wear face masks, and their temperatures will be checked prior to entering the buses. We will also regularly clean the buses with disinfectant,” she said.Polana also urged commuters who could work from home to continue doing so as it would be hard for transportation operators to implement proper health protocols if the number of passengers using their services was still the same as prior to the pandemic.”The World Health Organization has stated that public transportation is one of the potential factors for COVID-19 transmission. So, we are trying really hard to prevent public transportation in Greater Jakarta from becoming a transmission source,” she said. “However, that’s very hard to do without the public’s help.”Topics : Since the Jakarta administration started easing the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, large numbers of residents in Jakarta and surrounding areas have begun flocking to the commuter train service again, creating long queues and packing train stations.This situation is exacerbated by the fact that the train operator has limited the capacity of each train to only 35 to 45 percent to ensure passengers can maintain physical distancing.The BPTJ has cooperated with the Transportation Ministry and the Jakarta administration to deploy free buses for commuters living in the satellite cities of Bogor, Depok and Bekasi in West Java and Tangerang in Banten to reduce long queues and crowding in train stations.Read also: Commuter line sees surge in passengers as ‘new normal’ begins The Transportation Ministry’s Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) is planning to provide a fleet of intercity buses to transport commuters from Bogor, West Java, to Jakarta as an alternative to Commuter Line trains.BPTJ head Polana B. Pramesti said that the new intercity buses were aimed at reducing crowding in train stations.”We have deployed free buses for Commuter Line passengers since May 15 to reduce passenger volume at train stations, however it can’t be a permanent solution,” Polana said in a statement. “After the launch of the free bus services, we’ve said that if the demand consistently grows, we could launch a regular bus service [for the routes].”last_img read more

Read more

Men’s soccer shuts out UWGB

first_imgSIGNE BRESTER/Herald photoVictor Diaz made sure the game was in hand when it had barely begun.The senior forward put the Badger men’s soccer team (7-6-2) ahead early, scoring 41 seconds into the game after taking a centering pass from Brandon Miller.“I wasn’t even into the game yet,” the senior forward Diaz said. “It was the best start you could possibly imagine.”Green Bay (4-7-3) never recovered from the early goal, and UW added another goal before halftime to finish the game’s scoring. The Badgers extended their unbeaten streak to seven games over in-state rivals.Wisconsin could have had a larger lead than the 2-0 margin they took into halftime. The Badgers dominated possession and had numerous quality chances in the first half. Miller, a senior defender, was unable to connect three times from inside 12 yards, once putting the ball straight over on an open net.“That’s one thing we need to work on,” Miller said of putting away easy goals. “We did a good job of getting in the first half, especially since we’ve been starting slow a lot. But we definitely need to do a little better … when we get against teams like Penn State who can definitely punch us when they get chances like we did.”Despite the misses, head coach Jeff Rohrman likes the energy Miller brings to the team. Miller was active all over the field, dropping back to make plays on defense, as well as helping move the offense. His activityveness had a downside, however, as he was taken out for junior Brian Bultman in the 39th minute.“He just needed some oxygen,” Rohrman said. “He’s been such an inspiration in terms of his work rate. Unfortunately, he didn’t get a goal tonight, but when Brandon’s working like that, other players reap the benefits.”The benefits were evident even when Miller was on the sideline, as Bultman quickly made an impact, drawing a penalty in the 42nd minute that resulted in UW’s second goal. Diaz took the free kick from 10 yards outside the 18-yard box, finding junior Taylor Waspi, who connected on a header for the score.“I tried to look for Waspi,” Diaz said of the free kick. “He’s the main target. I was just [trying to see] where he was.”The Badgers had trouble carrying the momentum from their strong start into the second half. UW did not control the ball as well as it did early in the game, and had to weather late attacks from Green Bay — as well as its own sloppy play at times.However, Wisconsin played strong defense to post its fifth team shutout. Though the winning goal was scored less than a minute in, Rohrman believes capitalizing on the abundant scoring chances will be a priority heading into the team’s last Big Ten game against Penn State.“I thought we were a little unfortunate to not get a few more goals,” Rohrman said. “I thought we were buzzing and making things happen. Nonetheless, we did what we needed to … to preserve the win.”last_img read more

Read more

LISTEN: Proud Wales fan gets emotional on talkSPORT after Euro 2016 defeat

first_imgIt was heartbreak for Wales on Wednesday, as they were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Portugal.Cristiano Ronaldo scored and assisted in four second-half minutes as Chris Coleman’s men were denied a place in the final. After live coverage on talkSPORT, the Sports Bar’s phone-in with Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy had a passionate caller. A proud Welsh fan reflects on the tournament, where his nation exceeded expectations in France – listen above! Click here to download the weekly podcast for Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits from iTunes.READ MORE: Euro 2016 – How Wales players fared in the semi-final defeat to Portugal – including Gareth Bale, Hal Robson Kanu and co.last_img

Read more