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Jakarta Post

Toll operators powerless to deal with congestion

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 12 2011   /  08:00 am

Toll road operators said that in spite of increasing tolls, they could do little else to reduce congestion on the roads.

“Traffic congestion is a complex issue, it involves problems with infrastructure, the growth in the number of cars as well as the lack of public transportation. Jasa Marga and toll road operators should not be responsible for all of this,” the chairman of the Indonesian Toll Road Operators Association, Fatchur Rochman, said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

Starting Oct. 7, commuters in Greater Jakarta have to spend between Rp 500 (5 US cents) and Rp 2,500 to travel on the city’s network of toll roads, after Jasa Marga raised its tolls based on the Sept. 27 public works ministerial decree, which stipulates price increases for 12 toll roads nationwide, seven of which are in Jakarta.

Congestion on some of the city’s toll roads has extended to...