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Jakarta Post

Central govt should invest in Jakarta transportation: Expert

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 19 2009   /  01:24 pm

The central government should take part in addressing Jakarta and its surrounding areas' transportation problems as it is in the nation's interest, a transportation expert says. Bambang Susantono, chairman of the Indonesian Transportation Society, said the central government should share the burden of financing an integrated transportation system, including linking commuter trains and Transjakarta buses, with the local authority. "Providing better public transportation in Jakarta, as a center of commerce, and its surrounding areas, is also the responsibility of the central government," he said on Thursday on the sidelines of his book launch on transportation in Jakarta. He said the central government should also take part in transportation projects in other cities like Surabaya. Bambang said the 14.5-kilometer Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system, scheduled to be operatio...