Jakarta. The Greater Jakarta Transportation Body, or BPTJ, an agency under the auspices of the Ministry of Transportation with a brief to solve transportation problems in the capital, is close to completing a draft presidential decree on integrated transportation development for Jakarta and its surrounding areas.
Lack of coordination in the various transport systems that run in Jabodetabek, or Greater Jakarta, which involve administrations from different provinces, districts and municipality governments, has been exacerbating traffic problems in the mega-city, that hosts an eighth of Indonesia's 256 million population.
The absence of a single regulation to force the different administrations to work together has not helped much either.
"The problems with public transport in Jabodetabek [Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi] are still the same: lack of comfort, [lack of] security and inflated fares," Risal Wasal, an infrastructure director at the BPTJ, said in a statement on Wednesday (22/02).
Established in 2015, BPTJ holds a mandate for developing, managing and improving transportation service in Jakarta and the surrounding areas.
Since last year, the agency has been developing a master plan for an integrated transportation system in Greater Jakarta called the RITJ, which will take the form of a presidential decree. Once issued, it will override various local regulations currently implemented by the different administrations.
The agency has sought the advice of academics, practitioners and decision makers down to the district level.
BPTJ held another discussion with these stakeholders on Wednesday to get one step closer to completion of the RITJ draft.
According to the current draft, the first stage of RITJ will start this year and run until 2019. The second stage will run from 2020 to 2024 and the last stage will be from 2025 to 2029.
The presidential decree to apply the RITJ will come complete with detailed regulations from several ministries, including the ministries of Transportation, Public Works and Housing, Land and Spatial Planning, as well as action plans drawn up by governors and mayors.
Suharto, the planning and developing director at BPTJ, said the RITJ will include a plan to integrate all transportation-related matters, including rules to prevent central and local governments from issuing conflicting regulations; infrastructure; modes of transportation; ticketing; information system and funding.