The government of Bandung plans to convert angkot, or public minivan, into microbuses for public transportation. The plan is included in the Bandung Regional Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMD) as part of infrastructure repair and development. The mayor of Bandung, Yana Mulyana said in a statement, Wednesday, January 25, 2023, “public transportation is moving forward to make people feel comfortable and safe.”
The conversion plan will begin in 2024. The microbuses will become part of the Bandung Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure.
The head of the Bandung Transportation Service, Dadang Daemawan, stated that the conversion was to optimize microbus transportation. The estimation is that a microbus can accommodate 20 passengers. While the current angkot can only carry 10 passengers. From both of this public transportation, around 20 passengers can be accommodated into one microbus,” he said in his statement, Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
Dadang further stated that the proposed conversion plan would start in 2024. The government of Bandung would start to collaborate with the existing transport cooperatives. “We are proposing the operational costs from the regional budget, while the public transportation will be operated by the existing transportation cooperative,” he said.
Dadang also said that in 2024, there will be a trial run for 6 rapid transit buses (BRT) routes that involve the transport cooperatives in Bandung. “This is also our effort to continue to communicate so we can prepare feeder transportation in Bandung to introduce Light rail transit (LRT) at a later time,” he said.