Unclogging one of the most congested cities in the world

Endless rows of cars and motorcycles consistently clog the arterials of Jakarta, a problem caused by rapid growth and years of poor urban planning. Jakarta. [Photo: EPA-EFE/MAST IRHAM]

Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, is one of the most congested in the world. In an effort to improve the dire situation on its roads, public transport heads have turned to Europe for inspiration.

Jakarta’s unbearable traffic jams cause harmful air pollution, stymie economic growth and have even contributed to the government’s decision to move the administrative centre of the country elsewhere.

But change is coming. The still-capital city now has its first metro system and its bus fleet is going to go all-electric.

 

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