Commentary

The Sinatra Busway

Jakarta recently opened Asia’s first fully closed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor. Many in the West sniff at the lowly bus, but the Jakarta buses are sharp-looking, air-conditioned and they’ve even prompted associations with the Chairman of the Board: There are even rumors that the Governor plans to build public support for the busway with a solo album. According to Tempo’s online news service, the album will feature a song entitled Busway, based on Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” Ã? though these reports have not been substantiated by the Governor’s office.

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.