Slowly but sure people starting to get pack and ready to go home to their hometown away from Jakarta. People probably wondering why on earth same thing always happens during these getaway season. Traffic jam all over the place.
How can't be traffic jam? I heard that there are about 6 million of people leaving Jakarta to their home town. If they are going home on the exact same day (for about 2 -3 days before Idul Fitri) then you can imagine how crowded the road must be. No wonder it has been said so many times that we have to know about holiday on other province or even in another country. For example, if we are in Bali on Seclusion Day then we will be so clueless about things to do. As on that day there are no activity in all over Bali. And they make sure of it. Or you go traveling here in Indonesia from one province to another near Idul Fitri celebration. Then I can assure you are going to be stuck for hours due to heavy traffic jam.
This time I would like to share a bit about this kind of public transportation that is airplane. Well, airplane is also public transportation though not all people able to use it being a bit pricey. I got this story from one of my acquaintances.
She was apprenticed to one of airways companies and told me about her experience in dealing with passengers.
Like I always says for dozens of time, public transportation is a place where any kind of people get together inside. Some of them have pure intention to go somewhere with public transportation. Others using it as a place to earn money.
The problem is not all of them try to earn money in decent way. Lots of them selling something on public transportation. But others begs for the money (and sometimes a little bit persistent) or pickpocket on passengers or using so many other ways.
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Ages ago, for the first time here in Jakarta we have air conditioned bus. The fare was a bit pricey but worth with the comfort that being provided. There was no driver's assistant who asked for the fare. Instead all we have to is to put money with the exact amount into the provided box located near the driver. At first the driver did not provide money for exchange for passenger who only have money in big amount. Later on, the started to provide small coins as they can't keep on refusing people to take the bus.
After being trapped inside a bus stop for busway on Friday 29 July 2011, I have another episode on Saturday 30 July 2011.
Nope, this time not on the busway. But when I was taking a cab with my friends after having dinner at the mall. The traffic was even brutal if not to say worst than the day before. It was hard for us to find available taxi so we decided to use just one to drive the three of us to our destination. It was easier rather than walking down the street to find one for each of us. So, we happily get into the first available taxi that we saw. We did not mind that the taxi was not the usual taxi's companies. I mean, there were three of us anyway. The driver would not be able to stop suddenly on an empty street to pick up bad guys to rob us. We were okay.
Friday on 29 July 2011 I was about to go home from Senayan City area and Plaza Senayan. Approximately on 8 PM. I was about to take a cab when I saw the traffic jam around the area. Oh, dear. This would mean I have to take regular buses or busway. Again.
So I went to bus stop for busway and bought the ticket. On that time, I just realized that there were so many people standing on the line. They are still waiting for the busway.