Jakarta faces 2014 traffic paralysis
Jakarta faces permanent traffic gridlock by 2014 without “extreme” steps to address congestion, a spokesman for the city police department tells the Jakarta Post. As Indonesia’s capital and largest city (population 10 million), Jakarta is seen as beyond capacity for private ownership of two- and four-wheeled vehicles.
Eco-Business, a news site that covers the Asia Pacific region, reports that in Jakarta, per-year growth of new vehicles on roads averages 11.26 percent, while roadway expansion averages a paltry .01 percent.
The city administration is investing Rp 1 trillion (US $88 million) in its 2014 budget for public transportation’s conversion to natural gas, Eco-Business says.