Jakarta. The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, or ITDP, emphasized the importance of integrating the transport system in Jakarta and urged the government to continue operations of the Transjakarta corridor 1 when Mass Rapid Transit Jakarta opens for the public in 2019.
ITDP carried out the survey following discussions on the possibility of Transjakarta corridor 1 being phased out once MRT Jakarta begins operations.
Transjakarta operates 13 corridors of rapid bus lines that ease commuting in and out of the capital.
The survey was conducted both online and on the ground, with a total of 1,051 respondents.
ITDP found that more than 80 percent of Transjakarta users are want the Transjakarta corridor 1 to continue operating when MRT Jakarta opens.
The survey also showed that 63 percent of respondents will choose online transportation, private cars or motorbikes and other modes of transport if Transjakarta corridor 1 is not an option.
Further, if corridor 1 ceases operations when MRT Jakarta opens for the public, 25 percent of respondents said they would travel via online motorbikes (ojek online) as their primary mode of transport.
Transjakarta corridor 1 has been serving the Blok M-Kota route since Feb. 2004. Its path intersects with the first phase of MRT Jakarta, which will serve Lebak Bulus-Bundaran HI route.
ITDP concluded that the survey results was "worrying," as it showed that respondents preferred the use of online and private transport when public transport options are removed.
"This will decrease the mobility of Jakarta residents, because more private vehicles will lead to more traffic," Yoga Adiwinarto, ITDP Indonesia country director, said, as quoted in a press release issued on Monday (20/11).
He added that MRT Jakarta may not be able to reach its maximum passenger capacity once it begins operations.
The organization concluded that Transjakarta corridor 1 should continue operating when MRT Jakarta opens and that the two should be integrated in terms of infrastructure, payment mechanisms and operations.
Furthermore, ITDP said that the government also needs to look into curbing the number of private vehicles on the road when MRT Jakarta begins operations and is integrated with Transjakarta corridor 1.