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Jakarta Post

Easing traffic through a smarter system

  • Kamal Brar

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 23 2017   /  12:42 am

Among our region’s great cities, Jakarta has been cited as the city with the world’s worst traffic. With no rapid transit system, and a public bus system that carries just 400,000 people a day, the capital’s streets are hit every workday by 9.9 million cars, motorcycles, trucks and other vehicles, according to the Jakarta Transportation Agency, with nearly 2 million of them driving in from neighboring municipalities in the provinces of West Java and Banten.

The statistics are jaw-dropping — it can take two to three hours to drive 40.23 kilometers to the center from Bogor, the largest of the satellite cities; 70 percent of the city’s air pollution comes from vehicles; and the average Jakartan spends 10 years of their life in traffic. And it’s getting worse — the city’s 9.5 percent average annual growth rate of motorized vehicles far exceeds the 0.01 percent increase...