Jakarta has seen an increase in the number of public transportation passengers since authorities imposed a trial run for the odd-even license plate policy on Aug. 3, the Jakarta Police have said.Jakarta Police traffic director Sr. Comr. Sambodo Purnomo Yogo said ridership of the city’s Transjakarta buses had increased 6 percent since Aug. 3.”The number of Transjakarta passengers had increased since the trial run for the odd-even policy, from 313,000 passengers a day to 360,000 passengers per day – a 6 percent increase,” Sambodo told tribunnews.com on Friday. Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said last Friday that traffic had increased following the city’s gradual transition away from large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).Sambodo said the odd-even policy could not work by itself.”Companies should help by allowing their employees to work in shifts,” he said.The trial run for the policy will officially end on Aug. 7 before being reinstated on 25 roads from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting Aug 10. (nal)Topics : Sambodo claimed that as Transjakarta fleets could still accommodate an increase of passengers, there was no risk of crowding at bus stops.The odd-even policy restricts travel on certain roads, allowing entry for cars with odd-numbered license plates only on odd-numbered dates, while cars with even-numbered license plates can only access the roads on even-numbered dates.Read also: Jakarta extends odd-even trial run to Friday, delays policy revival to MondayAfter lifting the policy in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak in March, the Jakarta administration announced on July 31 that it would reimpose it in a bid to prevent unnecessary travel by private cars amid the rising trend of COVID-19 cases in the capital city.
By David Smith Jr.ARDMORE, Okla. (May 20) – Michelle Melton made her first appearance at Southern Oklahoma Speedway a memorable one as the Flower Mound, Texas, driver took the lead at the start and never looked back to capture the Sprint Series of Oklahoma victory Friday in Ardmore.Melton and Jerry Hammock started on the front row for the 20-lap feature with Melton taking the lead as the green flag fell. Hammock gave chase throughout the feature and despite being nervous starting on the pole, Melton was up to the challenge.“I tend to psych myself out when I start on the pole plus I had people like John Carney behind me who has been dominating the 305 stuff and you sit and think about how you need to drive,” said Melton, who has been racing Sprint Cars for five years off and on due to school with 2016 being a full-time driver.Hammock and third-starting Carney were closing the gap midway. With five laps to go, the red flag waved for a Chad Wilson flip. Melton held her line those last few laps to win the first IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car tour event of her career in the Sooner State.Hammock settled for second while Carney, who raced with no brakes most of the event, held on for third. Jake Martens came home fourth while eighth starting Joe Wood Jr. rounded out the top five.Feature – 1. Michelle Melton; 2. Jerry Hammock; 3. John Carney II; 4. Jake Martens; 5. Joe Wood Jr.; 6. Cody Whitworth; 7. Andy Shouse; 8. Marcus Thomas; 9. John Ricketts; 10. Gary Owens; 11. Shayla Waddell; 12. Blake Dacus; 13. Sterling Hoff; 14. Chris Kelly; 15. Ty Williams; 16. Robert Vetter; 17. Gary Kelley; 18. Alison Slaton; 19. Chad Wilson; 20. Kevin Ramey.