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Editorial: Monorail fate

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 15 2008   /  11:57 am

Each and every rainstorm, no matter how brief, brings dread. What time will we get home? When it rains many people become stuck in traffic while others opt to dally in the office until late. This has become the reality of life in Jakarta, a result of inadequate infrastructure and terrible traffic. The failure of PT Jakarta Monorail (PT JM) to find investors for the monorail project is a further blow to efforts to improve public transportation in the capital. Many commuters are relatively pleased with the busway, but many more are still waiting for the promise of improved services. For motorists, the delayed monorail project, its proposed route marked by massive concrete pillars standing uselessly in the middle of roads, only means yet another source of congestion. The concrete structures have become mere reminders of the hope we had for another option with which...