Wed, 30 Nov 2016
Attracted by the air-conditioning and the status, many of the 3.5 million people who commute into the hot and humid Indonesian capital come by car, With four hours in traffic not unusual, Jakarta is searching for solutions.
The average Jakartan spends 10 years of their life in traffic,I lived for 2 years in the Indonesian capital and I believe it.Three and a half million people a day commute into this hot and humid city from the wider metropolitan area of Greater Jakarta and many come by car, attracted by the status and the air-conditioning. Their cars, though, are motionless in gridlock during most of the 5am to 8am and 5pm to 8pm rush hours, and for much of the day.Jakarta was named the world city with the worst traffic in one index last year based on satellite navigation data, the survey found- the average driver starting and stopping more than 33,000 times a year.- 70% of the city’s air pollution comes from vehicles.- It takes two hours to drive 25 miles to Jakarta from Bogor, the largest of the satellite cities, where many office workers live.- A bad journey can take three hours.- As cars idle in endless queues, scooters slalom past, missing by inches.- It seems there are often more passengers on the bikes than in the cars.
Efforts to reduce cars have failed why?
- Jockeys” would stand at the side of the road, offering themselves for rent so the driver could get the required two passengers; many were children, who took huge risks getting into the vehicles of strangers.
- Motorbikes are twice the speed of a car in Jakarta,
The app has been downloaded 25 million times. As well as getting around, customers can get a massage therapist or a cleaner delivered to their door within 90 minutes. This food delivery business is now Asia’s largest outside China, and the Go-Jek also offers makeovers, theatre tickets, flowers, prescription medicines.
A long-awaited link from the airport is set to start operating next year and the first phase of a light rail system is due to open in 2018, in time for the Asian Games. The new network should boost rail capacity from 800,000 to 1.2 million passengers a day.
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