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Jakarta Post

Focus on MRT, not roads: Expert

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 4 2010   /  10:37 am

Jakartans repeatedly complain about being forced to fight through traffic jams every day to make a living. However, instead of addressing the public's concerns strategically and with vision, the city administration has proposed several policies that seem to suggest they are missing the point. The city is currently focused on raising parking fees, forbidding motorcycles from certain areas, applying an electronic road pricing system and building more roads. An urban expert from Tarumanagara University, Suryono Herlambang, said many commuters in the city had bought motorcycles because there was no other credible way of getting commuting. "If they had an affordable and effective alternative, *motorcyclists* would prefer to enjoy a comfortable ride on public transportation," he told The Jakarta Post recently. About 900 new motorcycles are registered every day in the c...