JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - PT Transportasi Jakarta (TransJakarta) will shift all payment transactions to non-cash transactions, and not receive payments by cash to avoid direct physical interaction. The aim is to prevent the potential spreading of COVID-19 coronavirus.
"Starting on Thursday, March 19, 2020, TransJakarta will close all forms of transactions using cash for electric money top up and purchasing starter cards throughout all Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stops for a while," said Head of Corporate Secretary and Public Relations Division at TransJakarta Nadia Disposanjoyo, in Jakarta, on Wednesday (03/18/2020).
Nadia said the policy was taken as an effort to prevent transmission of COVID-19, especially in public transportation
She suggested that in the future, TransJakarta users who want to top up their electronic money can charge independently using the debit machines available at the TransJakarta BRT stops.
"For those who want to refill or top up, they can use debit that can be conducted at the bus stops as usual, but it only applies to certain banks such as BCA, Mandiri and BNI. Other forms of refill can be done through automated teller machines (ATMs) or at the nearest minimarket, "Nadia said.
Furthermore, Nadia hopes that passengers are able to check their electronic money balances first before entering the TransJakarta BRT.
In addition to minimizing direct physical contact for payment methods, TransJakarta also provides hand sanitizers, and limits the distance of each passenger to prevent the spreading of COVID-19.
Hand sanitizers can be found near the cashier at shelters that provide the items.
In addition, hand sanitizers are also available in all nonBRT and micro trans services to ensure passenger hygiene.