The presence of 54 buses of Trans Jogja has not fully meet the needs of mass transit service required by the community. The number of the buses is still far below the need, namely 290 buses. Although it has been operated for three years, some of Trans Jogja buses still suffer losses. Therefore, there will be route and connectivity optimization arrangement of airport, railway stations, and shopping centers route.
This was raised in the workshop Trans Jogja Bus Arrangement, initiated by the Indonesian Transportation Society (MTI) in collaboration with the Transportation, Communication and Information agency of the Province of Yogyakarta Special Region. The workshop was held at the office of Transportation Agency in Yogyakarta on Saturday (30/7). Present as speakers are the Head of Transportation, Communication and Information Agency of Yogyakarta, Tjipto Haribowo, Researcher at Pustral UGM, Dr. Heru Sutomo, and Expert Staff of Transportation, Communication and Information Agency of Yogyakarta, Rizky Budi Utomo.
Tjipto said there are many routes that have not been covered by the Trans Jogja, thus re-arrangement of the routes becomes necessary by considering the connectivity routes between the Tugu Railway Station, Adisucipto Airport, and community economic activity centers. "Trans Jogja Bus has not been able to meet the needs for each route and we are trying to expand the access," he said.
Rizky Budi Utomo, said that his party plans to develop e-ticketing of Trans Jogja by involving cooperation with banks. There will also be integration with Prameks (Prambanan Express) and Batik Solo Trans trains. "We will work closely with the UGM by making the ticket machine inside the bus, portable bus stop, and optimization of the route," he said.
Heru Sutomo explained for the management strategies of Trans Jogja, operators’ consolidation is needed to make competition under control, because there are currently around 300 city buses. One of the methods is by creating a complete network, direct routes structure with easy access and increased service hours.