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City Leaders on Bike

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Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo started the campaign to promote the bicycle to work activity. From November last year, Mr Widodo has been using bicycle from his house to his office on every Friday. This activity has also been joined by cyclists from Bike2Work community, Norwegian and Danish Ambassadors as well as some public figure such as Lord Mandelson from UK and Motorist Jorge Lorenzo on different occasions.

Despite the lack of cycling infrastructure in the city, the number of cyclists in Jakarta has seem to increase, with cycling activity become more popular. Since the creation  of the bike lane on short segment at the south part of Jakarta and along the section of East Flood Canal, the city has yet to show any significant improvement on bicycle infrastructure. It is hoped by many that the campaign to promote the cycling activity shown by Mr Widodo will ultimately moves the city towards investing in more Non Motorized Transport infrastructure

Other than Mr Widodo, Bandung City Mayor Ridwan Kamil has also been using bicycle to work and it is expected that many city leaders will follow the campaign to promote sustainable transportation for Indonesian cities.

More Fleets for Transjakarta in 2014

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Armada Baru Transjakarta

The Transjakarta BRT system will get more buses this year. Jakarta City Council on Wednesday (22/1) approved the City’s request to procure 3052 buses to be added to the Transjakarta BRT System. This is following an approval of Rp 3.9 Trillion (USD 356 million) budget allocated to procure 700 articulated 18-meter buses and 2352 medium-size 9 meter buses.  The addition of more than 3000 buses is seen as an effort to improve the Transjakarta performance. Currently, out of 12 BRT corridors, 6 Transjakarta corridors have not yet achieved any BRT Standard Ratings issued by ITDP.

Newspaper articles on the issue:

http://www.beritajakarta.com/2008/en/newsview.aspx?idwil=0&id=31423
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/jakarta/jakarta-plans-4000-new-buses-to-anticipate-flood-of-cheap-cars/

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Medan NMT Improvement

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 ITDP is contracted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to conduct a study to improve the Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) condition in Medan, North Sumatera. The project is part of the larger South East Asia NMT Improvement Study that target 3 cities in 3 South East Asian Countries (Vientiane – Lao PDR, Medan – Indonesia and Davao – The Philippines) as the case study.

The study is aimed to develop the series of NMT improvement plan to each cities with the hope to be implemented by the cities. Some NMT areas will be looked at for intervention, such as pedestrian facility improvement, greenways plan, bikesharing, pedestrianization or NMT vehicle design improvement, to name a few. The study will run until first half of 2015. ITDP Indonesia will be working with ITDP China, ITDP DC and experts to deliver the best NMT plan for each cities. 

Transjakarta Corridor 1 Achieved Silver Standard

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Transjakarta BRT Corridor 1 achieved the Silver Standard BRT in the ITDP BRT Standard Rating System. The first corridor, opened 10 years ago, has recently shown some improvements which pushed the ratings from Bronze to Silver. Stricter measure on traffic enforcement, integration with other modes and the addition of higher capacity 18-meter buses into the system have all contributed to the improvement of Corridor 1 performance.

The BRT Standard was developed by ITDP with the purpose to create common definitions of bus rapid transit (BRT) and to make sure that passenger service, infrastructure design, economics benefits, and positive environmental impacts of BRT systems around the world have uniformity. Furthermore, the BRT Standard scoring system offers recognition to high quality BRT systems around the world by certifying a BRT corridor as basic BRT, bronze, silver, or gold standard for the current international best practices for BRT systems.

Corridor 1 which runs from Blok M to Kota excels in some categories such as service planning, station design and Station-Bus interface. Other parameters, such as bicycle integration and passing lanes at stations, could potentially increase the scoring for Transjakarta and currently ITDP is working with city to implement those measures along corridor 1. 

In addition to Corridor 1, other six  Transjakarta corridors achieved The Bronze Standard whilst the remaining five Corridors only achieved the BRT Basic Rating. 

Transjakarta, the first BRT system in Asia, began operation in 2004 and already has the longest BRT corridor with 12 Corridors span over 250 km and cover almost the entire city. The current plan to improve Transjakarta also includes three more corridors to add within the next few years. On its 10th year anniversary, Transjakarta remains to be one of the favorite modes of transportation in Jakarta. The city, with the assistance from ITDP is also planning to increase Transjakarta capacity, and current proposal on this plan includes BRT Station expansion and service integration with direct service system to further increase the coverage of the system. It is estimated that Transjakarta could double its ridership from currently 350,000 passengers daily after the plan is implemented .

 

Silver

Corridor 1

Bronze

Corridor 2

Basic BRT

Corridor 7

 

 

Corridor 3

Corridor 8

Corridor 4

Corridor 9

Corridor 5

Corridor 10

Corridor 6

Corridor 11

Corridor 12

  

Transjakarta BUMD

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Transjakarta BUMD

Transjakarta has finally changed its institutional status from the government agency to City-Owned Enterprise, or BUMD in Indonesian term. This movement is following ITDP’s recommendation to the Jakarta city government back from 2011, in an attempt to increase the performance of Transjakarta BRT service, the only full-scale BRT in Indonesia. The transformation to BUMD is believed to improve Transjakarta’s management, allowing the organization to be more flexible in managing its funding, recruiting its staffs as well as spending in infrastructure improvement, where previously all of those activities were restricted by government’s regulation.

The move into BUMD will also allow Transjakarta to recruit the best people to become the CEO and board of directors, as well as recruiting experts and professionals to join the team to manage the BRT system with the longest Corridor in the world.

The success of creating BUMD is a result of 3 years consultation process between the City Government and the City Council, and ITDP helped this process from the beginning by drafting  the white paper for the regulation, legal review of the draft regulation, creating the business plan and investment plan for Transjakarta and standing in expert panel during the consultation process with the council.

The transition process for the transformation is already started in January 2014, with the selection process of CEO and the Commissioner for the company, and it is expected that all the changes and improvement to be seen during the first half of 2014.