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When a job’s worth doing, it’s not worth doing well. That’s the approach the Jakarta local council is taking in constructing a network of dedicated “bus lanes” in the capital.

First off, they can’t even be bothered to widen the roads. Nah - that would be far too much effort. Yet, at the same time, they have gone to the trouble of elevating the latest bus lane that runs along Jalan Gatot Subroto. But why? Doing this doesn’t serve any purpose whatsoever. And to run heavy buses on six inch thick concrete is sheer stupidity of course – it won’t be long before that concrete starts to crumble (especially after a few months of heavy rain).

So what is the council achieving apart from dramatically pushing up the costs? Ah – but there you have it. Dramatically pushing up the costs. That is the purpose according to someone I know whose brother is a contractor. And after the Rp1.5 billion bus way shelters, he reckons the elevated concrete bus way is gonna be another nice little earner…

But there are ways to beat the traffic of course. You just need a few motorcycle outriders, a shiny new Volvo and the right connections. That’s all.





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