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Jakarta Post

Affordable urban public transportation key to vibrant job markets: ADB

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 8, 2019   /  08:14 am
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Pedestrians cross Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta at a zebra crossing blocked by heavy traffic on Tuesday. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

In order to be able to function as vibrant job markets, Indonesia’s growing cities need affordable and efficient public transportation systems that combine rail, buses, ride sharing and more informal services. The latest report published by the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) indicates that affordable mass transportation and proper city management play an important role in realizing inclusive economies. The report titled “Asian Development Outlook 2019 Update” indicates that cities cannot thrive unless they function well as a labor market, connecting both firms and workers. A labor market works best when intra city travel is fast and cheap, firms and households have the flexibility to relocate from one part of a city to another and real estate is affordable.  “Labor markets work best when intra city travel is fast and cheap, firms and house...