Greater Jakarta Transportation Must be Integrated: President Jokowi
President Joko Jokowi Widodo on Tuesday (8/1) led a Limited Cabinet Meeting which discussed Transportation Management in Greater Jakarta area (known as JabodetabekJakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi). The President said that transportation in Greater Jakarta must be integrated between LRT (Light Rail Transit), MRT, Transjakarta buses, airport trains and commuter trains.
He then appointed Vice President Jusuf Kalla to coordinate with related stakeholders regarding this issue.
Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo cited the related stakeholders to handle the issue, such as Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises representing central government; and Jakarta, West Java as well as Banten regional governments.
He said that his Ministry together with those stakeholders will immediately discuss and propose an institution to take charge of transportation management and integration as ordered by President Jokowi.
All stakeholders must have an agreement and give their authority in each area. Afterwards, the President and Vice President will decide the institution to take charge of this issue, Kumolo said, adding that transportation management is an urgent matter aims to reduce traffic congestion in Greater Jakarta as it has caused Rp 100 trillion loss to the country per year.
President Jokowi, earlier in the meeting, said that the Government needs to push people to ride public transportation to significantly reduce the number of cars on the street. On the other hand, public transportation needs to be better integrated to ease the peoples access. Therefore, the Government must manage this issue seriously and appoint only one single institution to handle transportation management in Greater Jakarta area.
Translated by: Estu Widyamurti
Edited by: Mia Medyana