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Busway likely to precede subway project JAKARTA - The government's overdue subway project is in danger of being overshadowed by the attractive busway program, which will be implemented at the end of this year in the capital. Under pressure to alleviate the city's congestion problem, but unable to finance the US$1.5 billion subway project, the city administration opted for a shortcut and approved the establishment of a busway along the city's main thoroughfares from Blok M, South Jakarta, to Kota, West Jakarta.
Transportation expert from the University of Indonesia Djamester Simarmata warned that the busway had the potential to create more problems unless private car users could be persuaded to abandon their cars and use it. "Unless the system could attract private car users to public transportation, the busway would only cause more congestion," he said.
The busway plan seems tempting because it demonstrates the city administration's commitment toward safe and convenient public transportation. With a separate lane along the city's main streets and special buses that could carry 85 passengers at a time, the busway, according to the city administration, would serve as one of the solutions to Jakarta's chronic transportation problems. "This is the initial step in revamping the city transportation system, as gradually we will be reordering all the routes in the capital so that it can become an integrated system," a senior employee at the city land transportation agency told The Jakarta Post.
The busway will serve the main route of the city, from Blok M in the south to Kota in the north, while smaller buses and minivans will serve routes feeding toward the nearest busway stops. Then, after that, a new east-west busway will connect with the north-south busway at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, from where the new busway will head east to Rawamangun. The Rp 54 billion (US$5.4 million) north-south busway project, approved early this year, will be put to tender as early as next month, and construction could start in November.



Posted in General @ 17 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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