TOWARDS A BETTER TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
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- Post 09 January 2017
- By Andy/Setiorini
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Traffic congestion becomes a problem that cannot be solved in big cities in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta. As if road construction continuously done by the government is unable to accommodate the increasing number of vehicles from year to year.
Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, has a very dense population. According to data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), the number of Jakarta population in 2011 was about 9.9 million inhabitants. The size of Jakarta which is not so big, namely about 664 square kilometers has made Jakarta unable to accommodate all the business and social activities. Thus, it needs support from areas in the vicinity.
As the capital city of Indonesia and the center of business, government and education, Jakarta is the main attraction for residents in nearby towns. No wonder that many residents in nearby cities such as Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi work and do business and educational activities in the capital. It is estimated that more than four million residents of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi cities travel to Jakarta and vice versa on working days. No wonder that the traffic flows from the cities to Jakarta and vice versa, especially during rush hours, are much denser. The traffic congestion is exacerbated by many people who prefer to use personal vehicles than public transportation.
To unravel the congestion in Jakarta, the government has launched various ways, including building Mass Rapid Transportation -MRT such as subways and Light Rapid Transit -LRT. The construction process of the underground or subway has begun since October 10, 2013 and it is estimated to be completed in 2018. The subway line will stretch approximately 110.8 kilometers.
While the LRT project stretching along 83.6 kilometers has started since 9 September 2015 and is expected to be completed by mid 2018. If the light rapid train project has been operating; at least 50 percent of Jakarta and Bogor that have high mobility will have alternative modes of transportation. Currently as many as 30 percent of Jakarta-Bogor-Depok-Tangerang and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) commuter train users come from Bogor.
Hopefully with the completion of the mass transportation rapid transport projects, in the future, the traffic congestion problems in Jakarta and surrounding cities can be resolved. In addition, convenient, safe and fast means of transportation is expected to invite the personal vehicle users to switch to public transportation.