Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) implemented the use of student card for Trans Jogja ticket. After being activated, the card is expected to minimise motorcycle uses by students on campus. The launching of the KTM UGM card was conducted by Deputy Minister for Transportation, Bambang Susantono, at Condongcatur terminal on Thursday (29/12). He witnessed the activation process of student card cooperating with 3 banks, BCA, BRI, and Bank Mandiri. Afterwards, he went on the bus along with other guests from Condongcatur to Kopma UGM bus stop and later cycling from Gelanggang Mahasiswa to UGM Main Office.
Bambang praised UGM that cooperates with Trans Jogja to facilitate the need of public transport for students. Although currently this is of internal use, the effort is considered able to largely impact the Province of Yogyakarta Special Region and nationally. He said that the program reminds people that the future of a city relies on public transport, not personal transport. “UGM has done ‘think big, act small,’ but significant and enlightens our mass transport system,“ he said.
Bambang said that this step is a renewal step in attracting the public to use public transport, i.e. by easy and continuous transaction. “The UGM program will be perfected at the national level to be replicated to other cities,” he said.
Chairman of Integration Preparation Team, Prof. Dr. Ahmad Munawar, said the program is part of transport demand management which is established by his team. “Some steps have been taken, namely, limitation of motorcycle uses on campus and provision of campus bikes. “Currently, UGM has developed integrated ticket, which is GAMA Card as Trans Jogja ticket,” he explained.
Engine prototype has been made for the activation of KTM UGM card as monthly ticket. His office also provided the TransJogja route network and simpler mobile bus stops. The activation of the card is valued at 100 thousand rupiah per month and is voluntary. This will aply to all routes of Trans Jogja. “So, students with high mobility will find it helpful with the card,” he said
Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Sudjarwadi, M.Eng., Ph.D., welcomed the activation of the card, Initially, it serves some 35 thousand students. Afterwards, it will be offered to 6000 staff. “In the future, it will be offered to staff, but of course this will be gradually done,” the Rector said.
Meanwhile, Head of the Transportation Agency of the Province, Tjipto Haribowo, said that currently some campuses in Yogyakarta had expressed interest in using student card as Trans Jogja ticket, including Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) and Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY). He said he had received offers for cooperation from companies in Yogyakarta. “Of course, we would be willing to develop such system to all campuses and companies that are interested,” he concluded.