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Jakarta Post

Vendors protest relocation as Jakarta kicks off project to ease Tanah Abang traffic

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 17, 2020   /  02:12 pm
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An air-conditioned Jak-Linggo "angkot" (public minivan) stops to pick up a passenger in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta on July 12, 2019. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Jakarta administration’s plan to resolve persistent traffic congestion near Tanah Abang railway station in Central Jakarta faces objections from vendors who have protested a plan to relocate them to ease the flow of traffic. As one of the capital’s major transit stations, Tanah Abang Station serves an average of 1.5 million passengers a month. Just across the station, Tanah Abang Market, the busiest textile market in Southeast Asia, coupled with dozens of street vendors and road users surrounding the area have resulted in daily traffic congestion. Jl. Jatibaru is never empty of angkot (public minivans), bajaj (three-wheeled taxi), Transjakarta buses and app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) scrambling to pick up passengers. Despite various efforts in place, traffic congestion remains severe in the area. These efforts include building a sky bridge to accommodate street...