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Jakarta needs Metro to avoid traffic gridlock

  • Deden Rukmana

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 24 2010   /  08:58 am

After reading The Economist magazine September 2010 issue, I realized that Jakarta had a new call: The largest city in the world without a metro. The Economist reported that car ownership in Jakarta had increased by 10-15 percent a year. Motorcycles are ubiquitous and can be acquired with a downpayment of as little as US$30. On the other hand, the growth rate of Jakarta’s road is less than 1 percent a year. The daily jams in Jakarta are getting worse. Jakarta is estimated to lose $3 billion a year due to transport delays and to attain total traffic gridlock in 2014.The acute traffic congestion in Jakarta has also prompted President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to revisit the idea of capital relocation out of Jakarta. Relocating the capital out of Jakarta could reduce urbanization and the rate of car ownership in Jakarta and its surrounding areas, but it will not completely address the traf...