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Jakarta Post

Public transportation only hope to tackle motorcycle boom

  • Eny Wulandari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 29 2010   /  11:28 am

The Jakarta administration must work quickly to build a credible public transportation network if it is to curb the rising number of motorcycles in the capital, which are now as numerous the city's residents, experts say. Ellen S. W. Tangkudung, a transportation expert from the University of Indonesia, said Friday she blamed the city's poor public transportation network for the ballooning number of motorcycles. "People would probably not switch to use private vehicles if public transportation was reliable," she said. She said motorcycle numbers had been increasing for six years throughout the country, driven by affordable credit schemes. Today, a new motorcycle can be purchased with an initial down payment of Rp 500,000 (US$50). She said the city administration must improve public transportation, including by allocating a higher budget to procure public transport...