JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - MRT Jakarta is set to make another round of changes to its service policy starting Monday (3/23/2020), as a form of full support for the government policies that encourage people to work, study, and worship from home to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 coronavirus.
"This change is also based on evaluation in the last three days, where Jakarta MRT passengers have greatly decreased, from 32,000, 28,000, and down to 24,000 passengers passengers per day yesterday," said Muhamad Kamaluddin, Head of Corporate Secretary Division at PT MRT Jakarta, in Jakarta on Saturday (03/21/2020)
When compared to normal conditions which reaches 100,000 passengers per day, Kamaluddin said the drop of numbers of passengers after the government's call to reduce activities outside homes was very significant.
With that in mind, starting from Monday, 23 March 2020, the MRT Jakarta service policy will be as follows:
1. Operational hours are at 06:00 Indonesian Western Time until 20:00
2. Distance between trains (headway):
a. Every 5 minutes for rush hour (07:00-09:00 and 17:00-19:00)
b. Every 10 minutes for non-busy hours (09:00-17:00 and 19:00-20:00)
3. Tightening the application of personal hygiene and social distancing.
4. Good passenger queue management.
5. Limitation on the number of passengers to 60 people per train (car) or 360 people per one train circuit.
As part of a joint effort to reduce the spreading of COVID-19, PT MRT Jakarta will also continue to implement protocols to prevent the spreading of the COVID-19 coronavirus, such as checking the body temperature of potential passengers, and providing hand sanitizers at all stations.
"We urge potential passengers to always take care of their health and personal hygiene by routinely washing their hands, limiting traveling only to urgent needs, and wearing masks if in an unhealthy/sick condition," Kamaluddin said.
Based on updated national data, COVID-19 confirmed positive cases have reached 450 cases. Of that figure, 392 cases are still being treated, 20 patients have recovered, while 38 people have died.