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Jakarta Post

A better Jakarta: Between promise and reality

  • Denny Kailimang

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 4 2010   /  09:41 am

When he campaigned for Jakarta governorship three years ago, Fauzi Bowo boasted he would lead the city to a better position. His famous line at the time was, “Let the expert handle the capital city”.I was among Jakartans who were anxious to see what Fauzi could do when he eventually was given the mandate by city residents to become their governor. This old city has a lot of serious problems, one good example of which is its chaotic traffic and poorly disciplined road users. When it rains, for example, roads under flyovers are always jammed with motorcyclists seeking shelter. Worse are the attitudes of public minivan drivers who like to stop and drop off passengers while driving in the right-hand lane. Motorcyclists, meanwhile, chop and change lanes whenever they please, and private cars are often seen using exclusive busway lanes.Jakarta lacks a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network such ...