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Jakarta Post

Cars can drive faster in Jakarta as public transportation improves

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 3, 2019   /  01:52 pm
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Vehicles use Jl. Salemba Raya in Central Jakarta on Aug. 7. The road was one of the new routes added to the odd-even traffic policy expansion aimed at lowering air pollution and mitigating traffic congestion. (Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

The greater availability of public transportation and the recent expansion of the odd-even traffic policy have made more people switch to public transportation, leading to a decrease in the amount of traffic at the end of this year, according to the Greater Jakarta Transportation Body (BPTJ). The MRT Jakarta started commercial operations 0n April 1 this year and currently boasts 91,000 daily passengers. LRT Jakarta, not to be confused with the Greater Jakarta LRT, which is to start operations in 2021, began running commercially this month. The odd-even traffic policy, which was previously only implemented on Jl. MH Thamrin and Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta, was been expanded to 29 arterial roads in September. The policy allows only cars with odd-numbered license plate to drive on odd-numbered dates and vice versa. According to the BPTJ, by the end of 2019 public transportat...