Jakarta (4/4) – The government’s programs to intensify the development of public transportation infrastructure are seen by many parties to provide direct benefits to the community at large. Now, the population of Jakarta and its supporting cities such as Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Bodetabek) have received the benefit from the presence of a variety of modern public transportation modes, such as the Electric Rail (KRL), TransJakarta bus, Jabodebek Light Rail Transit (LRT), and the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Phase I Lebak Bulus – Bundaran HI, which is commercially operational starting on Monday, 1 April 2019.

These various modes of modern public transportation provide tangible benefits, not only in creating connectivity, increasing efficiency and productivity, but it also enhances the region’s investment value. Another positive impact is the shift in culture and lifestyle of urban people to strive for a better quality of life.

This is a summary of the views of a number of speakers from the #LivingConnected media group discussion program, where the positive influence of the availability of modern public transportation facilities on people’s culture and the value of property investment was discussed. The discussion was organized by PT Intiland Development Tbk (Intiland; DILD) and featured two speakers, Intiland Business Development Director Permadi Indra Yoga and Executive Director of Indonesia Property Watch (IPW) Ali Tranghanda, at South Quarter, Jakarta, on Thursday (4/4).

Permadi Indra Yoga explained that the theme of #LivingConnected is a campaign program that was appointed by Intiland to appreciate the recent launching of the MRT facility, as well as efforts to foster public awareness to improve quality of life. The presence of a variety of modern transportation modes is believed to engender change, improve connectivity, and enhance quality of life in the long term.

Yoga believed that as a property developer Intiland has participated pro-actively and anticipated these dynamics by offering the best residential and office property products in the areas which the MRT and other modern transportation modes traverse. The availability of public transportation facilities is considered to have become a key factor for most people in choosing property, in line with the rising awareness of the need for a better quality of life.

“The integration of modern and adequate transportation modes is absolutely necessary for the community. We are trying to address such needs by offering property projects that offer ease of mobility and community connectivity,” he said.

Yoga said that almost all of Intiland’s projects in Jakarta have been connected and their locations are near the modern public transportation modes’ routes. For instance, along the Jakarta MRT line, Intiland has four high-class properties, namely South Quarter mixed use & integrated high rise area (offices, retail and apartments) on TB Simatupang, Fifty Seven Promenade (apartments, offices, and retail) on Thamrin, Intiland Tower office building on Sudirman, and Grand Whiz Poin Square on Lebak Bulus, Jakarta.

“The average distance of each property from the nearest MRT station is less than 500 meters, so the travel time is less than 10 minutes. Intiland Tower Jakarta, futhermore, is situated right next to the Bendungan Hilir MRT station,” he added.

Ali Tranghanda has been intensively observing the rapid development of modern public transportation infrastructure and facilities. As a market player and observer of property development, he believes that transportation infrastructure development is a stimulus for growth and progress of an area.

These changes are inseparable from the development of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) concept in an integrated manner, especially in Jakarta. The development of this concept fosters integrated connectivity through a variety of modern transportation modes. The TOD concept has many advantages, including improving the mobility of urban and suburban communities.

“The rise in property value is also determined by the availability of public transportation facilities and the development concept. The closer and easier it is to reach these facilities, the higher the investment value of property in the region,” Ali stated. To give an example, he said, since the TOD concept and plans for the development of modern transportation infrastructure began to be introduced, several regions have experienced a significant rise in property prices. The highest value increases have been seen in the South Jakarta region, such as Lebak Bulus, Cilandak, and Fatmawati.

According to him, the increase in the region’s value has been attributable to the rising positive perception of the public on the ease of transportation access and availability of facilities for living. He noted the nine advantageous factors of the TOD concept, including reducing dependence on private vehicles, facilitating mobility, boosting accessibility from urban and suburban areas, and promoting economic growth.

Enhancing Quality of Life

One of the classic stories of the citizens of Jakarta and its surroundings is its unforgiving traffic jams that make one “gets old on the road”. As stated by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in 2007, traffic jams or congestions have an impact on reducing productivity and quality of life for city residents. The time to rest and chat with family and friends is reduced as people have to rush every morning and can only arrive home late at night.

Permadi Indra Yoga and Ali Tranghanda, showed optimism that the development of public transportation driven by the government can enhance quality of life, especially with the shortened time spent on trips. MRT operation will boost the lives of Jakartans, especially those whose home or office is connected to the MRT network.

“The time saved offers greater flexibility to them to enhance their quality of life. We will have more time for our family, pursue our hobbies, and even to go back to school,” Yoga said further.

 

Yoga opined that now consumers must consider ease of access from and to public transportation facilities in choosing property. On the other hand, this consideration also applies to companies in choosing the location for their office.

“The choice is to have cheerful, smiling, happy employees; or those who arrive dishevelled in the morning due to massive traffic jams? Imagine if you work at Thamrin and live in Cipete: after work, you can take the MRT from Bundaran HI and stop at Istora to exercise at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) for one hour. If this is carried out regularly before you continue the journey home from work, your health will automatically improve,” explained Yoga.

The MRT and other modern transportation modes are expected to change the people’s life patterns, making them more organized. These changes may not happen overnight; they will require time as they are related to very basic things, such as the habits and customs of the community.