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Jakarta Post

City aiming for 60 percent of commuters using public transportation

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 4, 2017   /   07:21 pm
City aiming for 60 percent of commuters using public transportation An aerial view shows construction work on the MRT system in the Fatmawati area, South Jakarta, in June. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

With a stubbornly low percentage of residents using public transportation, the Jakarta Transportation Agency has set an ambitious target of 60 percent of journeys in the capital being made on public transportation.

Agency head Andri Yansyah said that with the ongoing efforts his agency had been making so far, he was confident the 60 percent target of people using public transportation when travelling in and around the capital could be reached.

“It currently stands at 20 percent, there is still a lot of work we need to do,” he said as quoted by on Monday during a focus-group discussion on Tanah Abang’s transportation revitalization in Central Jakarta, an area known for its chaotic traffic.

He did not elaborate on when the deadline of the target was.

He said the ongoing construction of public transportation, as well as continued efforts to improve the Transjakarta service, was expected to encourage more people to shift from private vehicles to using public transportation services.

The capital, notorious for its traffic gridlock, is currently constructing an MRT and light rail transit (LRT), which are expected to begin commercial operation in 2019.

A recently introduced regulation, which has drawn criticism from experts and daily commuters, would also bar motorcyclists from using the city’s main thoroughfares, in what officials claim is an effort to more orderly manage the traffic in the city. (fac)