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Jakarta Post

Pandemic helps reduce Jakarta’s traffic woes

  • Gisela Swaragita


Jakarta   /   Sat, January 23 2021   /  01:00 am
Jakarta's Sudirman area, which usually jammed with heavy traffic, goes empty following a mass self-isolation by Jakartans to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.(JP/Riand Alfiandy)

For the first time in years, Jakarta is not on the list of the most congested cities around the globe as a recent report mentions that the city shows improvements in untangling the traffic jams. The 2020 TomTom Traffic Index, an annual report published by Dutch location technology company TomTom, ranks the Indonesian capital the 37th-most-congested city in the world. The city ranked 10th in the 2019 report. The index shows that the average congestion level in Jakarta was 36 percent in 2020, down from 53 percent in the previous year. Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo was quick to present the result as an achievement of the city administration’s efforts to tackle congestion. He claimed that the provincial administration had taken several measures to solve the traffic problem, including the integration of public transportation systems through the JakLingko pro...