Every other day, some group stands up to take their grievances to the high officials, bringing the entire thoroughfare to a halt. Recently, on March 22, 2016, around 10,000 members of Indonesian Land transportation drivers association staged a protest against ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Grab as they have dramatically reduced city transport income (NYtimes, 2016). The protest neglected passengers who had to wait for two hours. Similarly, Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train project also faced the pessimistic response by certain environmental groups under the pretext that, it will speed up ecological damages by replacing rice fields, gardens and residences with modern luxury apartments, industrial estates, railway tracks etc.This shows that if the officials plan to curb the traffic issues and improve the public transportation by introducing new services like online apps, that step might not be hailed by the transport labor unions and other stakeholders and their recurrent protests may result in even worse traffic jams than the routine ones.
The first and the foremost political step that could be taken by the concerned officials to resolve traffic problems in Jakarta is to curtail the private transport by not only developing but also maintaining the well-knitted public transportation system. Although TransJakarta, when introduced was one of its kinds of transportation system, the non-maintenance of the vehicles such as wrecked doors, empty fire hydrant boxes and unclean buses has put the public off that system, leading them to use private modes of transport, hence resulting in traffic congestion. Besides, the concrete separators of the lanes of TransJakarta are only 15 cm tall which can easily be crossed by the motorists, hence they enter into the bus lanes, blocking the lanes.The government has already taken this step into consideration and has begun Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project in Jakarta, which is currently under construction and is expected to be fully completed by 2027. The concept of MRT was under consideration for 40 years; however, the lack of political will was impeding its implementation.