Bogor Regent: Traffic Jam is Not A Priority



Mahinda Arkiyasa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Bogor Administration claimed that transportation issue, including traffic congestion, does not require special attention. Therefore, the sector was not listed as one of the main programs in the regional development draft.

    Bogor Regent Ade Yasin said that he will focus on the infrastructure, education, and health sector. "So far, the public did not complain about angkot [city minivan transportation]. I focus on infrastructure because many people complained about damaged roads, traffic jam, and others," said Ade in his office.

    Ade's statement was in contrast to the central government's plan to improve public transportation system in an attempt to alleviate traffic congestion.

    In a limited meeting, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo appointed Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK) as the coordinator between regional administrations of Jakarta, West Java, and Banten and the central government regarding the integration of transportation modes in the Greater Jakarta Area (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi).

    Bogor Transportation Agency official Hedi Heryadi, said that the plan for the transportation integration was noted in Presidential Decree No. 55 of 2018 on The 2018-2029 Greater Jakarta Transportation System Blueprint (RITJ).

    "But we don't have a special budget to improve the transportation in 2019," Hedi added.

    Hedi explained that the city administration had six main points for the RITJ program, namely: increasing the number of people who use public transportation to 60 percen; establishing integrated feeder transportation; and increasing average speed of vehicles during peak hour to 30km/hour.

    Other points of the program include limiting the time passengers shift between transportation modes to no more than three times at maximum; providing easy access to public transportation; and public transportation service should reach 80 percent.