Counteracting Religious Holiday Congestion in Indonesia

This post from <em>The City Fix</em> looks at how holidays cause mass movements of people, especially Muslims in Indonesia, and what impact those movements can have on transportation systems.
March 4, 2011, 6am PST | Nate Berg
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For Indonesia, the end of Ramadan is a national holiday, and causes major congestion. Some are trying to think about how to mitigate these problems.

"Similar to city-to-rural migration in China for the Spring Festival, the annual Muslim holiday in Indonesia is also a way to reinforce social ties and bring money from the city to the countryside. But given the growth of a city like Jakarta, it seems impossible for cities to deal with these mega-events.

John Ernst, the vice director of Southeast Asia for the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, whose work with ITDP has centered on TransJakarta, a bus rapid transit system of 10 lines that provides service to several intercity bus stations, shared some information on the government response to the holiday."

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Published on Thursday, February 24, 2011 in The City Fix
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