More than half of respondents to a survey released on Sunday said traffic jams in Jakarta are getting worse, with many saying the city’s policies have failed.
According to Indo Barometer’s poll of 400 people from May 15 to 20, 53 percent of respondents said Jakarta’s traffic problems have worsened, while 45 percent said it stayed the same.
“Only 0.7 percent say the traffic is getting better,” Yusuf Kosim, IndoBarometer‘s research director, said on Sunday.
More than 50 percent said the so-call 3-in-1 policy, requiring vehicles on busy roads at peak hour to have at least three passangers, had failed to lessen traffic jams, while 24 percent said it made it worse.
The policy was implemented in 2003 fto reduce the number of vehicles on the road during morning and afternoon rush hours. However, the emergence of jockeys, who get paid to ride in a car when passing 3-in-1 streets, was percieved as undermining the effectiveness of the policy.
The majority of people also think that TransJakarta buses have not reduced traffic, with 12 percent saying it was a help.
While nearly 60 percent blame the governor and his administration for the worsening traffic problems, more than 58 percent say a car limitation policy would be a step in the right direction.
Traffic has been high on the list of issues raised by the city’s gubernatorial candidates ahead of the July 11 election.
While Hidayat Nur Wahid of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) said Jakarta should have more trains and commuter rail lines, Alex Noerdin, the Golkar Party candidate, has vowed to add busway corridors and build a mass rapid transit rail line and monorail track.