Thursday, 22 October 2020 | 05:26 WIB

Traffic Congestions in Greater Jakarta Cause Losses of IDR100 Tln

Typical traffic jam in Jakarta (flickr)

JAKARTA, NNC - Based on data from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), losses due to traffic congestion increase each year. Traffic congestion in Jakarta has caused losses of IDR67.5 trillion this year, while the losses in Greater Jakarta touch IDR100 trillion.

Bambang Prihartono, Head of Greater Jakarta Transportation Management Agency (BPTJ) said that to reduce the loss that should not happen, the BPTJ of the Ministry of Transportation, together with local government and other related parties have prepared various breakthroughs and should be implemented as soon as possible.

"The various breakthroughs that have been prepared, have been and continue to be communicated by BPTJ with the Governor and Deputy Governor of Jakarta and regional heads in Greater Jakarta," he said.

He added that BPTJ and DKI Jakarta Provincial Government will continue to coordinate the follow up of public transportation and congestion improvement program in Jakarta within the scope of Jabodetabek handling.

Bambang said the current Greater Jakarta transportation problem with the condition of congestion level is very high, where the ratio of vehicle volume compared to road capacity is close to 1, or in other words has been stuck and need handling.

Secondly, motorcycles on the road are becoming more dominant, while the role of public transport is still low.

"Currently, the use of public transportation in Jakarta is only 19.8 percent and in Greater Jakarta only 20 percent," he said.

For that, according to him, necessary handling program that needs to be implemented immediately since from 2000 to 2010, statistical data on the number of registered vehicles has increased by 4.6 times.

Meanwhile, commuters from Greater Jakarta to Jakarta have reached about 1.1 million, a growth of 1.5 times since 2002.

For daily traffic movement in Jabodetabek, he mentioned that in 2003, 37.3 million trips / day increased 58 percent or reached 47.5 million trips/day in 2015.

Of the 47.5 million people travel per day, about 23.42 million is a movement within the city of Jakarta, 4.06 million is the commuter movement and 20.02 million is another movement that passes Jakarta and inner Greater Jakarta.

Average trips in Greater Jakarta is dominated by motorcycles, the spread of the total movement of Greater Jakarta commuters is dominated by motorcycles that is equal to 75 percent, private vehicles by 23 percent and two percent by public transport vehicles.

"This certainly has an impact on the economy and the environment," he said.

There are several breakthroughs that have been and will be done, namely BPTJ and the Provincial Government of Jakarta is sure to push policies such as even-odd license plate number implementation, motorcycle settings; ramp metering on tolls; Electronic Enforcement; arrangement of freight transport.

"To be able to push the policy, it is prepared to prepare a special lane of public transport in Greater Jakarta area, 'Park and Ride' which is adequate, preparing various public transportation alternatives such as pickup, JR Connexion, and JA Connexion," he said.