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Urban Transport Workshop, November 20, 2013

“Accelerate the Improvement of Public Services in Urban Transport Sector”

On November 20, 2013, the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning in cooperation with GIZ-SUTIP organized a workshop on Urban Transport Development, which was attended by a number of regional leaders, they are; Governor of Bali (I Made Mangku Pastika), Mayor of Surabaya, East Java (Tri Risma Harini), and Mayor of Bandung (Muhammad Ridwan Kamil) as well as Deputy Governor of Jakarta in terms of Landuse and Environment (Sarwo Handayani). Representatives from regional development agencies of Bogor, Bali, Bandung and Sumut, Indonesia state owned companies in transportation sector, international development organizations, line ministries as well media were participated on the workshop. The purpose of this event is to provide information on the concept of sustainable urban transportation, as a forum to exchange knowledge and experiences among regional leaders and to provide inputs to the Ministry of National Development Planning in formulating the medium-term policy in transport sector, 2015 - 2019.

        Photo by Rimbun Hutagalung/SUTIP

This workshop was opened by a video screening which describe future vision of sustainable urban transport development in Indonesia.

The keynote speaker was the Minister of National Development Planning, Armida Alisjahbana , which suggested that this workshop is also as a tool to prepare transportation policy for cities with population under 500,000 people and over 500,000 people. Thus the problem of congestion to poor public transport infrastructure can be managed at the earliest stage. So far , the government has operated 1,100 buses of BRT ( Bus Rapid Transit ) spread across 15 cities , covering Batam , Palembang , Pekanbaru , Lampung , Jakarta , Tangerang , Bogor , Bandung , Yogyakarta, Semarang , Surakarta , Manado , Gorontalo , Denpasar and Ambon. The existence of the BRT has been able to accommodate the mobility of the urban population of about 0.6 million people every day throughout Indonesia.

Especially in Greater Jakarta and several other cities, the urban railway system has operated to support the mobility of passengers, as well as the integration of transport system which has been carried out with an electronic ticketing system ( e - ticketing ) in 5 cities, including Palembang, Pekanbaru, Yogyakarta, Surakarta and Jakarta.

Nevertheless, there are still some issues that need to be addressed and the associated deepening of urban mobility management in Indonesia . According to the Minister, there are at least five aspects of urban transport that requires special attention, they are: the interaction strategy of transportation and land use; urban mobility improvement strategies; urban congestion reduction strategies; strategy to reduce urban air pollution, and safety improvement strategy.

In the technocratic draft Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2015-2019 which is currently being developed by the Ministry of National Development Planning, urban transport is also given special attention. Attention to urban transport includes 5 strategic issues. First, the high fuel consumption. Second, the high exhaust emissions. Third, lack of public transport services. Fourth, the lack of pedestrians facilities. Fifth, the social gap.

Through this workshop, the agglomeration cities are advised to refer to and learn from the experience of the cities that are already more advanced in the development of transportation system.