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Satellite cities struggle with worsening congestion as Jakarta traffic eases

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 3, 2019   /  09:40 am
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Vehicles slow down their speed near traffic light in Jl. Ahmad Yani in Bekasi city, West Java on Feb. 19, 2019. (Antara/Risky Andrianto)

While congestion in Jakarta is reportedly easing thanks to major measures taken over the past years, traffic in its satellite cities of Depok and Bekasi in West Java and Tangerang in Banten has become increasingly worse. A combination of more vehicles, ongoing road construction projects, poor traffic management, road users’ lawlessness and inadequate roads has brought traffic on many main roads in Greater Jakarta to a halt during rush hour. In Depok, a 200-square-kilometer city with a population of 2.3 million people and 1.1 million cars and motorcycles, Jl. Margonda Raya is congested throughout most of the day. Common sights are ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers parking and customers waiting by shopping centers. Angkot (public minivans) stop wherever they wish. On peak hours, customers of the countless shops, cafes and restaurants park their cars on the busy roadsides, ...