The Jakarta Post | Fri, 11/21/2008 5:58 PM | Jakarta
Jakarta city administration is set to issue a regulation to make school hours begin half an hour earlier (6.30 a.m.) as of Jan. 1, to ease morning and noon traffic congestion around the city.
“We will propose this new arrangement to Governor Fauzi Bowo. If he approves, it will take effect in Jan. 1,” Vice Governor Prijanto said after a meeting with related city agencies on Friday.
The administration will also issue a non-mandatory instruction for private companies in Jakarta to rearrange their operating hours according to the location of their offices.
“For private offices, we urge those located in North and Central Jakarta to begin at 7.30 a.m.; 8 a.m. for offices in West and East Jakarta and 9 a.m. for those in South Jakarta,” Prijanto
said. The starting time for civil servants would remain at 7.30, he said.
According to a recent survey commissioned by the city administration, some 20.7 million people travel through the city every day, with about 3 percent relying on trains, 40 percent on bicycles or on foot, and 57 percent on motorized vehicles.
They survey also showed that about 32 percent of all the destinations were workplaces, 30 percent schools, 12 percent shopping malls and 26 percent others. (anb)
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