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Jakarta roads less jammed in 2018. How come?

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, June 17, 2019   /  06:54 pm
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With more than 50 million people commuting in the capital every day, it is no surprise that maddening traffic congestion can be found on all roads in Jakarta.(The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

With more than 50 million people commuting in the capital every day, it is no surprise that maddening traffic congestion can be found on all roads in Jakarta. However, a recent report published by the TomTom Traffic Index said Jakarta’s traffic had eased in 2018 compared to 2017, making it the city with the “biggest improvement”. “Believe it or not, some cities’ traffic is decreasing over time! The TomTom Traffic Index is reporting that congestion levels are decreasing in Jakarta,” the index’s Twitter account posted on June 14. The index ranked Jakarta the seventh most congested city in the world, improving on its fourth place in 2017. The average congestion level in Jakarta was 53 percent in 2018, compared to 61 percent the year before. According to TomTom, motorists in Jakarta spent 19 minutes of additional time per 30-minute trip d...