YOGYAKARTA - The number of motor vehicle users in the area of Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Greater Jakarta) now doubled. From the result of survey held by UGM Logistics and Transportation Studies Center (Pustral) to heads of households who are vehicle users in Greater Jakarta, it is known that the number of motor vehicles users reached 48.7 percent. This number increased by 21.2% as compared to that in 2002.
This was mentioned by researcher of UGM Logistics and Transportation Studies Center (Pustral), M. Sigit Lestarito, S.T, M.B.A, in a case study seminar Commuter Survey of Greater Jakarta, Tuesday (14/6). Sigit said the survey was held through cooperation with the Office of Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, JICA JUTPI, conducting vehicle data collection to 184,829 households from a total of 5.9 million households in Greater Jakarta. The survey involved 1800 surveyors. The prevalent area covers 13 districts, 182 sub-districts and 1499 villages.
In addition to motor vehicles, it is known that number of car drivers rose by 2 percent from previously 11.6% in 2002 to 13.5% in 2010. In contrast, the number of bus passengers as means of mass transit has decreased significantly. "Previously, bus passengers reached 38.3%, now only 12.9%," said Sigit.
The same decrease is shown for users of motorcycles taxi and trains. In 2002, the number of users reached 5.3%, fell to 2.3%. The results of the survey conducted in February and November 2010 found out that most of the Jakarta workers settle in Bogor, Tangerang and Depok.
Sigit assessed the rise in the vehicles number is one of the factors causing traffic congestion in Greater Jakarta. Moreover, the absence of an integrated transports policy between DKI Jakarta, Banten and West Java caused congestion problems unresolved. "Governors in three terms of office have never cooperated with each other to clear the traffic congestion problem, nor discussing integrated transportation system," said Sigit.