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The Transportation Revolution In Jakarta

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Resident of the capital city perhaps being anxiously await for the transportation revolution which will put an end to acute congestion in Jakarta. Congestion in the Capital City has actually become a chronic disease since the early 1990s with the trend towards an increasingly alarming. Based on information taken from the Ministry of Research Technology and Education of the Republic of Indonesia, the increase rate of road which only 1% is not comparable with the increase of rate volume of vehicles by 11% per year became the core of congestion problem in Jakarta.   

The government certainly has made various efforts to “alleviate” the problem. Busway transportation which is predicted to be the solution of congestion was only able to minimize the partial vertices of a congestion and have not touched the root of the problem. Busway as Jakarta’s mainstay transportation can only carry 250,000 people per day of the total population passing in Jakarta, not to mention as many as 3 million people from Jabodetabek went to Jakarta with private transport aggravated the situation.

Finally, with various consideration coupled with strong determination, the government runs the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Project. This project in not a new thing because far backward in 1985 has become the talk though it can’t be realized at that time. People are proud and happy. “The government should be bold. If they promised A, don’t let the realization is B, the government will being harassed then.” as contractor workers, Danil (41), told us in drilling site at Setia Budi MRT Station.

To manifesting all the expectations of the community as well as supporting the realization of the MRT project, the Jakarta Local Government with PD Pasar Jaya has been working with several ministries, including the Ministry of National Development Planning Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Finance.

MRT construction is planned to be done with two phases. First phase will be completed in 2018. The second phase targeted to be operational in 2020. Construction of second phase will connect Lebak Bulus and HI Roundabout consisting of 7 elevated stations and 6 underground stations. Meanwhile, the second phase will connect the HI Roundabout to Kota Station, it’s targeted for completion in 2020. As of 31 January 2017 the progress of the construction work phase of the North-South MRT corridor has reached 64.71%, for the elevated levels reached 48.06% and underground construction work has now been completed 81.52% of jobs.

Indonesia Nature Film Society (INFIS) as one of production houses also take pride because we can documenting the process of Jakarta’s transportation revolution since the beginning of the project in  mid of 2015. The documentation process of MRT project is still continuing. Through documentaries that have been produced and published, public can watch the new civilization of public transport in Indonesia.

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