Electronic Road Pricing Could Make Public Transportation Free: Ahok

Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, left, has predicted Jakarta could enjoy free public transport. (Antara Photo/Abdul Malik)

By : Deti Mega Purnamasari | on 2:26 PM May 16, 2016
Category : News, Jakarta, Transportation

Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said his administration will soon implement the electronic road pricing, known as ERP, to substitute the now-defunct carpool system, saying that the funds generated could make public transportation free.

“If ERP generates a good enough income I want buses to be free … for the whole city. This will improve the lives of Jakartans,” Basuki said on Monday (16/5).

The city permanently scrapped the so-called 3-in-1 system — which bars private vehicles carrying less than three passengers from entering a number of main thoroughfares — after failing to ease traffic congestion and instead leading to rampant child exploitation.

The system, in place since the mid 1990s, only prompted the emergence of jockeys — people for hire, often with their children or babies, to ride along as passengers to bypass requirements.

The city has been planning to transition the city towards the ERP scheme. The technology and infrastructure for ERP is available but some regulations and payment procedures have not been resolved by the administration.

Basuki said he wants the new system to be managed entirely by the city.

“Earlier we wanted to cooperate with private firms [to manage the system]. But I decided not to share [management] with the private sector so 100 percent [of revenue] generated goes to the city and we can subsidize [public transport],” the governor said.

“For us, mass transportation must be subsidized greatly. We are fine with investing Rp 4 or 5 trillion [$300 to $365 million] so people can get [public transportation] which is cheap, safe and comfortable or even free.”

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