May 16, 2011

On top of trains, riders risk life and limb

Akbar and Asari, both 15-year-old junior high students, clutched their backpacks and sprinted to catch an economy-class train pulling out of Manggarai station in South Jakarta.

The train was moving as they easily scrambled to the top of the carriage.
“What a brave kid,” Andi, 34, said while watching the teens.
Andi, a resident of Bogor, West Java, said he was a frequent rooftop rider until he was 28.

However, the state-railway operator is looking to end rooftop riding — much to the dismay of thrill-seekers who travel atop electric commuter trains, as well as those who are reluctant to pay the fare or fight for seats inside.

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