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Stuck in Jakarta traffic: Is the gridlock coming early?

  • Bambang Susantono

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 22 2008   /  02:48 pm

ALL IN ONE: Cars, motorcycles and buses merge from three different roads onto one at Jl. Gatot Subroto, South Jakarta, on an afternoon in this file photo. Some cars continue to use the Transjakarta bus lane, as the buses are yet to start operating after repeated delays. (JP/J. Adiguna)
Congestion quickly becomes part of everyday life for anybody who lives in Jakarta. A recent study showed that 60 percent of the time spent in the Jakarta road network is delayed time, meaning that we spend most of our travel time here stuck in traffic jams. The economic loss attached to congestion in Jakarta is huge - it can reach more than Rp 8.8 trillion (US$755 million) each year. This article starts with a discussion on how many roads Jakarta needs, followed by a look at efforts to control the volume of traffic and revitalize the public transport system. The ...