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Jakarta Post

Congestion-free Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Sat, January 23 2021   /  01:00 am
Motorcycles and cars are stuck in traffic congestion on Jl. Juanda linking South Tangerang, Banten, with Jakarta on Oct. 12. The Jakarta administration has eased its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) policy, claiming that the daily increase in COVID-19 infections has been slowing down across the capital. JP/Dhoni Setiawan(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Thanks in part to large-scale social restrictions to curb COVID-19 transmissions, Jakarta has been relatively free of traffic congestion. Instead, the capital’s streets have seen an invasion of bicycles, particularly in the morning, which have taken the place of private cars who used to compete for space on packed thoroughfares and roads that once typified Jakarta rush hour. According to the 2020 TomTom Traffic Index, an annual report published by Dutch location technology company TomTom, Jakarta is no longer among the world’s top 10 cities known for their traffic gridlock. Jakarta ranked 37th in the latest report, a significant improvement from 10th in 2019. Reduced traffic congestion means a lot for a metropolitan city like Jakarta. The capital’s population of 10.77 million can finally breathe cleaner air as carbon emissions from motorized vehicles have dropped....