JAKARTA - Realizing that commuters often have to wait for Transjakarta buses, especially during rush hour, the Jakarta administration has been providing free Wi-Fi service in several shelters for the last year. Unfortunately, many have forgotten it is there.
"I haven't used it for a long time as some friends have told me [the Wi-Fi] is no longer available," said head of Community for Transjakarta Voice (KST), David Tjahjana, on Friday.
He said that members of the Transjakarta commuters community, including himself, thought the service was no longer operational.
Amanda, 27, who rides the Transjakarta daily to go to her workplace on Jl. Jendral Sudirman, Central Jakarta, said that she had never heard about the Wi-Fi service. "Is there such a service? I've never heard of it," she said.
Another commuter, Fela, 25, said that she knew about the service and had tried it once. "I tried it a couple of months ago at the Cawang shelter [East Jakarta] but the signal was bad. So, I went back to using the 3G network on my smartphone," she said.
Jakarta Communication and Informatics Agency head Sugianta said that his agency provided free Wi-Fi in several Transjakarta shelters so that commuters could browse the Internet while waiting for their bus to come.
The free Wi-Fi, he said, was available in shelters along Jl. Jendral Sudirman and Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta, which are part of Transjakarta's Blok M-Kota route, and those between Jl. S. Parman in West Jakarta and Jl. MT Haryono in East Jakarta, which are part of the Pluit-Pinang Ranti route.
The free Wi-Fi is available at shelters with blue stickers on their glass walls.