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Jakarta Post

Is Anies really a transportation hero? Experts beg to differ

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 26, 2021   /  08:10 pm
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A pedestrian walks past chopped trees along the sidewalk in the Cikini area in Central Jakarta on Nov. 5, 2019. The Jakarta administration cleared the trees to make way for its sidewalk renovation project.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan was recently named a 2021 Transportation Hero by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), a German-backed initiative focused on the endorsement of sustainable urban transportation. His nomination has raised a few eyebrows with many analysts questioning whether he deserves the honor despite the Indonesian capital marking up some notable improvements under his watch since 2017. Observers say there is still much left to be desired when it comes to untangling the city’s chaotic and piecemeal transportation system. The former education minister’s most noteworthy achievement in this regard is his success in increasing the number of public transportation users through his administration’s flagship transit program called Jak Lingko, which allows commuters to use various modes of public transportation on one flat-rate fare. ...