Indonesia moves to reduce traffic jam in Jakarta

The Jakarta authority has taken many measures to reduce the number of private vehicles and encouraged locals to use public transport means. 

Traffic jam in Jakarta (Source: VNA)

Traffic jam in Jakarta (Source: VNA)

Head of the Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) Bambang Prihartono said a master strategy for 2018-2029 is being implemented by the country, focusing on improving transport infrastructure and installing modern traffic monitoring systems. 

With specific roadmaps, Indonesia hopes to remarkably reduce traffic jam by increasing the average speed of all types of vehicles from 10-11km/hour to 20-30km/hour by the end of 2029. 

Passenger pick-up points in residential areas will create convenience for residents, Bambang said, adding that his country is focusing on developing public transport networks and taking measures to limit private vehicles. 

Campaigns to raise public awareness of benefits of using public transport have been carried out, he said. 

One of the models to be developed in Jakarta is Transit-oriented Development (TOD) which is a mixed-use residential and commercial area designed to maximise access to public transport. 

In 2019, the two new transport systems including subway and overhead railway will be put into operation to serve residents in Jakarta. These are expected to reduce traffic jam in the city that is said to be famous for its bad traffic condition. 

As scheduled, in its first year of operation, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system in Jakarta will transport 65,000 passengers per day, helping to remarkably reduce the number of people traveling by means on the ground.

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