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Jakarta’s Infrastructure Develops, Pedestrian Access Prioritised

NEWS | 22 February 2019

Jakarta’s residents have faced several challenges navigating the city thanks to the traffic, but also because of infrastructure issues. For the past few years, however, the national and city governments have made efforts to improve access to the city’s major areas. NOW! Jakarta looks at some of these improvements.

Pelican crossing at Thmarin, Central Jakarta. The governor launched pelican crossings at the same time as the Asian Games 2018 and it quickly grew in popularity. Photo by Rintang Azhar/NOW!JAKARTA

Architectural City Skybridge

Along Sudirman-Thamrin and other main city roads, jambatan penyeberangan orang (JPO) or Skybridges, are everywhere. The sky bridge was built in conjunction of Transjakarta bus shelters. Instead of making a conventional crossing system, the city government built sky bridge to avoid people crossing on the street and cause other mileage delay that implicate to congestion.

It is effective but not accessible by individuals with disabilities. Today, the old City Sky bridge crossing is being polished to be more attractive. The transformation can be seen at Sudirman Street from Bundaran Senayan to Dukuh Atas. Now, it looks more futuristic, complete with warm lighting.

Pelican Crossing
Under Governor Anis Baswedan, the city government has added more pelican crossing systems at the heart of the city. Pelican crossings are almost the same as conventional crossings, but with more technology involved. People can press the button to cross, and a sound alerts users so they don’t risk colliding with vehicles.

The governor launched pelican crossings at the same time as the Asian Games 2018 and it quickly grew in popularity. These crossings are also seen around the National Monument and in Kuningan. The popular crossing in Thamrin that links Pullman Hotel to Grand Hyatt is a replacement for the prior Transjakarta Sky Bridge near Bundaran Indonesia. The government also demolished the Tosari ICBC skybridge and replaced it with pelican crossing. This pelican crossing system prioritises pedestrians, especially individuals with disabilities to be able to cross the street safely.

Better Sidewalk
Since the Basuki Tjahaja Purnama administration, the city government has invested in revamping the capital’s sidewalks and pavements to provide a better experience for pedestrian and to encourage people to develop a walking culture. Following a massive overhaul, many of the sidewalks in the city are wide and more accessible, including for those with visual disabilities. The sidewalks also feature a separator bar to prevent motorcycles from using them. The government has also prohibited street food vendors from selling their products on the sidewalks. They have been moved to designated areas for the purpose.

MRT is Scheduled to Operate in March

MRT trial operation on 21 February 2019. The MRT’s first phase will connect Lebak Bulus to Bundaran Hotel Indonesia in just 30 minutes. Photo by Raditya Fadilla.

The city’s first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is scheduled to be ready for commercial operation at the end of March, after PT MRT Jakarta ran a number of trial operations with and without passengers since December 2018. The MRT’s first phase will connect Lebak Bulus to Bundaran Hotel Indonesia in just 30 minutes. It’s only one week away until the commercial operation. PT MRT Jakarta will arrange the hand over to the Jakarta city government and also wait for the feasibility test certification. Each underground MRT Station is complete with underpass crossings to provide access for passenger to walk to their destination.