Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Traffic in Jakarta is getting worse every day, especially during rush hours in the morning and late afternoon.
The reason is because the numbers of cars and motorcycles increased much faster than the construction of new roads, as well as insufficiency of good quality public transportation.
In 2010, there were around 6.7 million cars and motorcycles in Jakarta. The number would be much bigger if we include surrounding area of Depok, Bekasi and Tangerang where many of their inhabitants work in Jakarta i.e around 11 million vehicles consisting of 3 million cars and 8 million motorcycles.
According to the media, the sales of cars in Indonesia last year rose 57% to 764.710 from 486,061 in 2009, and motorcycles rose 26% to 7.37 million. Around 700 thousand motor vehicles were sold in Jakarta.
Actually, the Jakarta government has made some efforts to solve the traffic problems.
It has developed the Busway system that connects many parts of the city, but considering it was built on existing roads, no additional roads, therefore the traffic became worst.
It has imposed Car limitations on the city's main roads Jalan Thamrin, Gatot Subroto and Jalan Sudirman, few hours in the morning and in the afternoon.
Starting this year the Jakarta government shall impose progressive car ownership tax, whereby citizens must pay higher additional tax for every cars they have.
Besides, there is also a plan to start the construction of an integrated mass transportation system, but the project need several years to complete, in the meantime the number of motor vehicles would be increasing very fast.
Considering the above, I felt that the government of Jakarta must expedite the development of an integrated mass transportation system i.e. the Subway connecting the south-central-west, resume construction of the Monorail.
Moreover, misuse of lands and road pavements should be stopped and corrected, development of shopping malls should be stopped because we already have more than enough. Existing malls should be required to provide more access for entrance and exist to their facilities.
- Indonesia Car Sales up 57%, Motorcycles Sales Up 26 (Kompas)
- Tahun in Jumlah Sepeda Motor di Jakarta 8 Juta Unit (Tribune News)
Photo : Courtesy of Viva News.