Informal Public Transportion Networks in Three Indonesian Cities

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The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) is a regional initiative established in 2007 by the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Germany, with additional core funding support of the governments of Sweden, Austria and Spain and the Shanghai Municipal Government. The Initiative provides assistance to medium-sized Asian cities to bridge the gap between their development plans and the implementation of their infrastructure investments (see .

In recent months, CDIA has supported the cities of Palembang, Yogyakarta and Surakarta with the preparation of Pre-Feasibility Studies (PFS) for high priority infrastructure investment projects in the Urban Transport sector and we are currently in discussion with various financing agencies to secure funding for the identified investments.

To complement the Pre-Feasibility Studies in these 3 cities, CDIA commissioned a study on how Informal Public Transportation (IPT) offers alternatives to formal transportation systems and how IPT offers an alternative service to people in poverty and serves as a backbone of the informal economy. In doing so, the report describes how IPT improves mobility in cities by complementing formal transportation systems and argues that when IPT providers are given approriate support, local governments can fill gaps in service and extend reach of coverage when public resources as scarce.

We hope this report will be of interest to you and look forward to discussing its’ outcomes.

Best regards,

Joris van Etten

Capacity Development Coordinator/Indonesia Team-Leader

Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA)

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3 thoughts on “Informal Public Transportion Networks in Three Indonesian Cities

  1. Alfian Fandinegara says:

    Now, this is a very interesting study!! Our government are struggling to provide adequate mass public transportation along with all transportation infrastructure. Most of the focus are only aimed on formal transportation with high investment.
    Informal, or may i say, traditional transportation may become a very good alternative and supporting transportation.
    You see, the mayor of the city in which i stayed in at present time is used to be a pedicab driver (Indonesian=tukang becak). I do hope that this study may become a real project, implemented not only in Palembang, Jogja, or Surakarta. But also in other city, including my city (i’m sure that the mayor would be very interested), where the informal public transport still existed and holds important roles for society mobilization.
    Good luck and GOD Speed.

  2. claudia says:

    Setelah membaca buku ini sekilas, memang sangat menggambarkan keadaan yang terjadi saat ini di kota-kota Indonesia. Keadaan yang tidak saja terjadi di Kota Solo, Palembang dan Surakarta. Peranan moda angkutan informal perkotaan masih memiliki peran terpenting dalam angkutan perkotaan. Kemudahan, fleksible untuk ditemukan dan digunakan, dan cepat diserap dan ditemukan oleh masyarakat. Peran yang masih belum dapat terisi oleh moda angkutan formal yang disediakan oleh pemerintah, baik busway ataupun KRL. Pembuatan sistem transportasi yang terhubung satu dengan yang lain dan tidak semata-mata sebagai ajang investasi di daerah seharusnya menjadi pemikiran dari masing-masing kepala daerah.
    Mensinkronkan antara moda angkutan informal dengan formal merupakan wajah kerja yang harus diemban oleh pemerintah saat ini apabila memang mau membuat transportasi di Indonesia menjadi lebih baik. Dan sudah sewajarnya sebagai warga Indonesia yang baik untuk selalu memberikan support kepada pemerintah untuk terus membenahi negara Indonesia kita yang tercinta. CDIA sebagai salah satu institusi yang juga berkarya di Indonesia sangat membantu dalam mengurai masalah-masalah yang dihadapi negeri ini. Good work and hope the best for next project and solution for Indonesia.

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