JAKARTA (ANN): Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said fares for MRT Jakarta, LRT Jakarta and Transjakarta buses will remain the same next year despite subsidies being cut from the initial proposal.
The city administration and the City Council are currently deliberating the draft 2020 city budget, which is expected to be endorsed on Wednesday (Dec 11).
The administration had initially proposed a surge of subsidies allocated for the transportation sector from this year's budget at Rp3.71 trillion (US$26.48bil) to Rp5.6 trillion for 2020.
During the deliberation, however, the councilors agreed to cut the subsidies to Rp4.5 trillion.
Anies said the lower subsidies would not impact public transportation services.
“Insya Allah (God willing) all (mentioned public transportation) will operate as usual. Services won’t be disturbed. We have figured it out, ” Anies said at Dukuh Atas MRT station on Tuesday as quoted by kompas, com.
The subsidy budget will be used to subsidise fares of the three aforementioned public transportation modes for 10 months from January until October 2020.
MRT Jakarta and LRT Jakarta began commercial operations on April 1 and Dec 1, respectively. - The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network