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Jakarta gives public transport a lift in the age of Uber

Officials want 'angkot' public minivan to hold their own vs. ride-hailing apps

A busy Jakarta street in April: Ride-hailing apps are rapidly drawing passengers away from the city's public transport.

JAKARTA -- For many Jakartans, ride-hailing apps have become the go-to option for getting around Indonesia's notoriously congested capital. Now, the local government is taking action to counter a consequence of this innovation: the dwindling number of passengers using public transportation.

One focus is the future of the angkot, a type of public public minivan that has long been an essential part of life for commuters. In the evenings, these red or aqua vehicles can be seen shuttling passengers -- up to 11 at a time -- back to the residential neighborhoods of northern Jakarta.

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