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Jakarta Post

Electronic road pricing hoped to pay for free transportation

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 18 2016   /  08:07 am

Congestion and poor public transportation are just two of many problems faced by the city administration.

Numerous policies have been planned and some are being implemented, but a way out from traffic-choked roads is still a pipe dream.

The long-planned electronic road pricing (ERP) system is hoped to provide an answer to these issues.

Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama said recently that his administration would try to accelerate the implementation of ERP, which is set to become the flagship system to restrict the number of vehicles in the capital following the recent revocation of the three-in-one rule.

Rather than just limit the number of vehicles, the administration hopes that ERP would serve as a tool to achieve free public transportation in the city.

Funds earned from ERP, Ahok added, would be used to subsidize public transportatio...