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The Study on Smart Urban Traffic

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14 April 2014
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Second EAS Working Group Meeting on April 3. 2014 at the ERIA Annex Office, Jakarta, Indonesia

In his opening remarks at the start of the Second Working Group Meeting on "Smart Urban Traffic in EAS" held on 3 April 2014 at the ERIA Annex Office, Mr. Shigeru Kimura, Special Advisor to the ERIA Executive Director on Energy Affairs, stressed the importance of improving energy efficiency in the road transport sector as well as expressed his hope for meaningful results of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) studies conducted by the Working Group.

Dr. Naoko Doi of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) emphasized that the BRT is an intermediate transport system in Jakarta until such time that a mass rapid transit system such as the MRT is realized. She also stressed the importance of having strong policy leadership and periodic planning such as short-, mid- and long-term planning on BRT improvement. Mr. Arif Wismadi of the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM), meanwhile, briefed the group on the results of the user survey which targeted both BRT users and non-BRT users. He noted that a comfortable and faster BRT is a crucial condition in increasing the number of BRT passengers. He also suggested that there is a big potential for public service officers and ojek (motorcycle taxi) and motorcycle users to shift to the use of the BRT. Mr. Takayuki Kusajima, group manager of the overseas external affairs division of the Toyota motor company, on the other hand, presented the simulation results of case studies of BRT improvement. He said that even with just the application of soft measures such as express service and extension and direct operation, significant modal shifts from the use of private transport to public transport such as the BRT were already brought about.

After the presentations, the Working Group had lengthy discussions wherein they came up with the following consensus:

a. Road transport planning should be related with energy efficiency policy.

b. Strong policy leadership is indispensable.

c. Periodic planning such as short-, mid- and long-term development planning will be effective.

In concluding the meeting, Mr. Shigeru Kimura said that the results of the discussions and agreements will be presented and reported in the forthcoming Energy Ministerial Meeting (EMM).

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