The Jakarta Post
The Greater Jakarta Transportation Body (BPTJ) has demanded that fees to enter the Bekasi-Cawang-Kampung Melayu (Becakayu) toll road be reduced, a week before the implementation of the odd-even license plate policy at the entrance of the West and East Bekasi toll gates.
The policy, which will be officially enforced next Monday, is aimed at easing congestion at the crucial toll road, which connects the Cikampek industrial area in West Java and Jakarta. Authorities also expect that it will reduce the number of private vehicles entering the capital from Bekasi.
Many of the affected drivers are expected to use Jl. Kalimalang to reach Jakarta.
On Monday, BPTJ head Bambang Prihartono said he expected Becakayu toll road operator PT Kresna Kusuma Dyandra Marga to reduce the fees, which are currently Rp 14,000 (US$1), to encourage more drivers to use the road.
"The [odd-even] policy will create demands [on using Becakayu toll road]. Ideally the toll operator will reduce the fees and we are currently discussing it with them," he said, as quoted by kompas.com.
The policy, he added, was expected to make people shift to public transportation because they had planned to prepare Transjabodetabek buses, which will drive in a dedicated lane, as well as park-and-ride facilities near the toll gates to accommodate them.
Summarecon Mall Bekasi, one of the four new parking sites, has expressed its commitment to support the plan by dedicating space in their parking areas for the affected motorists.
The mall had prepared parking space for 230 cars, Albert Luhur, PT Summarecon Agung's executive director, said in a statement to The Jakarta Post.
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan and Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi inspected the two Bekasi toll gates on Monday and disseminated information about the plan to passing motorists. (fac)