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Transjakarta caused traffic jams in initial years of operation, study says

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

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, December 7, 2019   /  12:37 pm
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A Transjakarta bus passes around the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Oct. 13, 2015.(JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

While Transjakarta is lauded by many as the breakthrough solution for Jakarta’s infamous traffic congestion, a study has suggested otherwise, arguing that the capital’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) system had the spillover effect of worsening jams in the initial years of its operation. The study by University of Arkansas associate professor Arya Gaduh, an economist from the non-profit global policy think tank RAND Corporation, Tadeja Gra─Źner, and Alexander D. Rothenberg of Syracuse University observed the impact of Transjakarta on traffic and motorists' behavior, based on Greater Jakarta transportation data provided by the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) from 2002 to 2010. According to JICA data, in 2002 public buses carried 52.3 percent of commuters, followed by private motorcycles at 22.1 percent and private cars at 13.8 percent. The Jakarta adm...