When a friend of mine who lives outside Jakarta came to visit me, I took him to some of the best hangouts in the capital. He also went to some of the city’s fancy malls to buy brand-name products.
Coming from a small city, he was amazed by the Big Durian’s glamor. He compared the capital’s energetic lifestyle to his hometown’s old-fashioned way of life.
“It feels good to live in this city,” he told me.
It is always tempting to break the rules when driving in Jakarta. And it is mostly because other people do it all the time, especially when the men-in-brown, otherwise known as the cops, are not around.
I don’t know what’s wrong, but it’s pretty obvious that people in Jakarta don’t respect those signs placed on the streets. I mean, it is a common sight to see a car parked just below a no-parking sign. The driver must have seen the sign, since it is placed in the most glaringly visible location, but somehow he just doesn’t seem to care.
Low tariff for jitney (angkot) in Jakarta burden the operators to increase service quality by fixing vehicles condition including revamping them.
Executive Director Institut Studi Transportasi (Instran) Dharmaningtyas said that public transport condition has happened because the operators were unable to replace spare part regularly because of their small income.
The construction of two city toll road route Kalideres (Semanan) – Pulogebang will begin in 2012. The toll project which is targetted to finish in 2014 is expected to provide alternative to ease city’s traffic.
Jakarta Governor, Fauzi Bowo, said that the construction is the first part of six toll roads planned to be built. “The route was chosen because this area requires roads with high capaciy, ” Fauzi Bowo said in Jakarta, Wednesday 29 June 2011.
Tempo Magazine -WILL Jakarta be a pleasant place to live in 2030? The Jakarta government predicts that Jakarta’s population will exceed 10 million people. Jakarta’s heavy population burden will spread to its satellite towns. The city which now has an estimated 9.5 million inhabitants will become one of 20 megacities as well as one of the economic centers of the world.
The city spatial and environmental plan for Jakarta from 2010 to 2030 should provide guidelines for the public as to how the city will reach those aims. However, until today the draft regional legislation is still being discussed in the Provincial House of Representatives, the DPRD. Meanwhile the city is still caught in a mass of problems which remain the same from year to year: traffic congestion, flooding, pollution, poor public transportation systems and bad public facilities.
There are several points in the draft city plan for 2010—2030 which provide a picture of Jakarta in 2030 but many observers are pessimistic that these will ever be carried out. Since 1965 the government has three times prepared draft city plans but their implantation has never been successful. Read more…
Jakarta, Kompas – Rasio jumlah bus di Indonesia, terutama di Jakarta, sangat rendah dibandingkan dengan panjang jalur khusus yang dibangun. Akibatnya, efektivitas dari pembangunan infrastruktur transportasi massal itu tidak tercapai. Karena itu, tidak ada perpindahan masif penumpang dari kendaraan pribadi ke kendaraan umum.
”Jangan pernah berharap kemacetan dapat diatasi karena upaya yang dikerjakan tidak maksimal. Tampaknya, kita harus bersiap-siap menghadapi stagnasi ekonomi justru karena kesalahan kita sendiri di dalam menerapkan kebijakan,” kata pemerhati transportasi Rudy Thehamihardja, Selasa (9/8), di Jakarta. Read more…
Teriknya siang lenyap seketika begitu masuk ke bus kopaja AC. Sejuk pendingin udara serta empuk bangku warna hijau terang dan krem menambah nyaman perjalanan. Dari pengeras suara terdengar alunan lagu-lagu yang diputar di radio.
”Nyaman, enak. Walaupun jalan macet, tidak tersiksa di bus,” ujar Karti (63), penumpang dari Grogol, yang hendak pulang ke Pasar Minggu.
Hari Senin (8/8), untuk pertama kali bus kopaja AC meluncur di jalanan Ibu Kota melayani rute Ragunan-Grogol. Tarifnya masih tarif promosi, sebesar Rp 2.000. Read more…