I saw a little piece on the news the other night about Jakarta's problem with transport. It may have been on the ABC. It said that by 2014 Jakarta's traffic will collapse, due to the fact that the growth of car ownership is growing faster that the capacity of the road system.
The clip said the government introduced carpooling as compulsory, and as a result there are now people employed full time as jockeys. These jockeys are paid to sit in the car so the driver doesn't get fined - I believe the rate of pay for these jockeys was about $10 per day.
The traffic in Melbourne is starting to drive me nuts now. I visited Saigon this year and was overwhelmed by the traffic, mostly motor cycles, but the traffic did seem to move.
I don't know where I'm going with this post, but I found the dilemma Jakarta is facing almost beyond my comprehension. Is the situation as bad as the news segment suggested and what would be a solution to it?