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Endah, Sintya, and Ibu Norma are some of the women in Yogyakarta, Indonesia whose lives have been impacted positively by the Transjogja Bus System that CDIA helped to upgrade in 2011. Safety, comfort, accessibility and affordability are features which enabled city residents, particularly women to give this public transportation a try.
Women and men use different modes of transport for various purposes depending on their role in society. According to ADB’s Gender Toolkit: Transport – Maximizing the Benefits of Improved Mobility for All, women’s mobility patterns are more complex in that they combine domestic and care-related tasks with employment or community obligations. For example, women are more likely to be responsible to take elderly relatives and children to medical facilities, or bring their kids to school on their way to work. In both instances, the characteristics of the transport infrastructure and services determine how women can successfully play their roles and carry out their responsibilities on a day-to-day basis.
The expansion of the Transjogja Bus System was undertaken while specifically having in mind the needs and comfort of women, elderly, children, and persons with disabilities. Some provisions of Transjogja specific to them include priority seats, spaces for wheelchair, covered waiting areas, and even tactile sidewalk strips for the visually impaired.
Mrs. Dyah Puspitasari, Director of PT. Anindya Mitra Internasional (TransJogja Operator) attested: “Previously, the public transportation here is not really pro-women especially at night if they need to go home from somewhere. But Transjogja Bus System provides safer, reliable, and more comfortable ride particularly for women. It also makes it easier for them to access their places of work, hospital and other places.”
Regarding her experience using the Transjogja Bus System, Ibu Norma stated: “I use Transjogja because it is more comfortable, convenient, safer, and with air-con. If I don’t know the right bus stop, I can always ask the officer inside the bus.”
In 2011, CDIA assisted the city in upgrading the bus corridors, developing offsite parking facilities, and increasing bus units to accommodate more passengers among others. To date, the Transjogja Bus system has 128 buses plying through eight bus routes and serving about 13,000 passengers every day.
Watch this video to learn more about Transjogja Bus System.