BOGOR - Hundreds of train passengers who were waiting for the 'ekonomi' train from Rangkas Bitung to Jakartakota stranded on the station of Parung Panjang in Bogor. They originated from the trains from Rangkas Bitung and Parung Panjang. Normally the train to Jakartakota leaves at 4:15 local time (GMT+7).
Today, the two trains were merged into one train with a departure time of 05:15. This caused passengers to protest against the later departure time. The protest caused the train from Parung Panjang to Jakartakota not to run today. Eventually all passengers were stranded at the station.
The passengers which wanted to use the train had to be absent from work and lifted back home on a freighter train transporting coal to Rangkas Bitung. A part of the stranded passengers used the 09:15 train to continue their trip to Jakartakota with the next 'ekonomi' train. After the passengers left, the situation at the train station went back to normal. It is not clear yet why the new roster wasn't followed yet, while it was to be launched today.