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Jakarta Post

People still reluctant to use public transportation: BPTJ

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 16, 2019   /  09:17 am
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Vehicles pass Jl. Salemba Raya in Central Jakarta on Aug. 7. The road is among the new routes added to the odd-even license plate policy to reduce air pollution and alleviate congestion.(Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

Efforts by both the city administration and the central government to alleviate chronic traffic congestion in Jakarta by improving public transportation are blunted by public inertia, as many commuters apparently stick with their old habits of using private vehicles. Greater Jakarta Transportation Body (BPTJ) head Bambang Prihartono said people were reluctant to take the bus or train for their daily commute. He cited the odd-even license plate traffic policy that restricts access to certain thoroughfares of the capital depending on a car’s license plate number and the date had not really encouraged residents to turn to public transportation. “Based on our observation, many people still opt to use motorcycles instead of switching to buses or trains and people still use cars but find alternative routes. That’s not what we want,” Bambang said in a discussion...