The title above may very well be a grave hyperbole, but ask any citizen of Jakarta who has had to spend a good chunk of their lives in a sea of cars, motorcycles and other vehicles, traffic is a sort of living hell that they must soldier through on a daily basis. For the enviable minority of readers that are happily unacquainted with the grim reality of traffic (I’m not sure there are), we condemn traffic on the simple grounds that it is a thoroughly unenjoyable experience that robs us of our time either from doing productive work or doing leisurely activities.
Bad traffic problems facing not just Jakarta but many metropolitan areas around the world has made it a major trouble for comutters to get to and home from work. For those that drive a car, ride a bike, or use non-rail public transportation, the time spent on the road keeps on increasing as traffic gets worse and worse. That means less time for the family, less leisure time, less sleep, among others. Obviously this is not good for the bodies and souls of these hard-working people. A more serious note, heavy traffic is also bad for people who are mobile as the time spent for productive activities is cut by traffic jams.
20 Oktober 2014, Indonesia secara resmi telah memiliki pemimpin pemerintahan sekaligus kepala negara yang ke-7. Berkaitan dengan hal tersebut, presiden terpilih Joko Widodo telah mengumumkan visi dan misinya, dan salah satu yang menjadi andalan adalah maritim sebagai pusat perekonomian Indonesia (Ekonomi maritim). Pertanyaannya, mengapa Jokowi ingin menjadikan maritim sebagai pusat ekonomi Indonesia?