Traffic Jam – What is the Perfect Remedy?

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We had a dinner in a restaurant quite far from our house in the heart of Johor Bahru City Center today. Slightly before reaching to the destination, we were stuck in a massive traffic jam. Oh my God! This could not be happening now. It is purely a waste of time and energy (our own energy and the petrol). We then figured out the possibility of an alternative route. But it was too late. We just passed a an exit to an alternative route.

To make long story short, we finally arrived at the restaurant, my wife and 2 daughters dropped off and I searched for the parking with my son. It was quite tough getting an empty parking spot. However, after 10 minutes circling and lingering around the area, we noticed a car on its way reversing to exit its parking space.

trafficjamsolutionAfter dinner, we drove back home. On our way home, we observed the traffic jam again, but this time we escaped the traffic jam. We concluded that the traffic jam was mainly due to a heavy flux of vehicles on the road and that some vehicles took the alternative road and they merged to the main road. At the same time, some vehicles used the emergency lane. All of these contributed to a perfect disaster!

As I drove my white Proton Exora, I thought about the traffic condition in United Kingdom. I was in Bradford and several other cities when doing my bachelor degree more than a decade ago. There was no traffic jam at all. If there was, it was not as worse as the one in Johor Bahru now. Johor Bahru will get worse and be at par as Klang Valley traffic jam! OK, back to the UK traffic situation…

I may be bias, but like other human beings, I can observe and think. My sister, who is presently studying in Bradford University, UK, did sent some photos and from some photos, I can see the streets in Bradford. The condition of the street and the traffic seems to be the same as when I was there few years ago. It seems that there are very less vehicles on the street. Why is that? OK yes, some may thought that, hey…Bradford is just a small city. Not as big as Johor Bahru. Yeah..that is a true fact. But in cities like Leads and Birmingham, the traffic are not as bad as in major cities in Malaysia.

Why? What’s the problem?

Will the traffic in Johor Bahru be more worse in 5 years time? What about in 10 years time? Yeah…I bet, it will be worse. Sure. Affirmative. From my observation, I think the public transportation in UK is very efficient and reliable that it provided perfect convenience for passengers and commuters.  I was there. I know it. The public buses are damn good that they perfectly follow the scheduled that is shown at the bus stop. In the bus itself, a clock is placed to show the time. They basically want to show that they follow the time and schedule. If the bus is supposed to reach bus stop X at 11.14am, the bus will reach there at 11.14am. Amazing! I’m not kidding. This is real truth.

The trains and also underground tubes are also amazingly reliable. Everything is on time. I have no issue on the Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Kuala Lumpur. I believe they are also on time and reliable. But those are only available in Kuala Lumpur. What about other cities in Malaysia? For Johoreans, we need to wait till 2018 to happily used the LRT or MRT. When compared to the one in UK, wherever we are, some kind of public transport can definitely reach us. They are so reliable that it is fine not to own a car. You can go anywhere with public transportation easily, comfortably and you can predict the time of your arrival at the destination.

OK, I don’t want to extend, exaggerate or prolong this issue. I don’t want some of you say that I’m favouring other countries. Wrong! I love my country and I just want to see my country improved. I hate traffic jams. If the government don’t do something to improve the public transportation quality and also apply certain related regulation(s), I bet the traffic congestion in Malaysia will be as worse. With reliable and efficient public transport, people will opt to use public transport and this can reduce the number of vehicles on the road. That’s it. Simple logic. Improve the public transportation quality, The traffic may improve.

OK. bottom line, I hope the government will do something and improve the situation.

Any comment? Ideas? I’ll really appreciate it very much. I’m just a concern citizen and I want comfortable public transport. I hate traffic jams!

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22 thoughts on “Traffic Jam – What is the Perfect Remedy?”

  1. jem kat mana tu?
    tpi fly-over yg byk kat jln2 utama jb ni byk gak membantu smooth kan perjalanan kan..
    klu dulu, teruk sangkut lat traffic light!

  2. Cyza, aku boleh buat karangan kalau nak bincang isu ni tapi I’ll make it short lah ya…

    Main factors traffic jam:
    1. Kereta by sangat – sbb kat Msia senang sangat nak beli kereta. Negara lain takde kredit facility yg longgar mcm tmpat kita. Tmpat kita, budak 17 thn pun boleh beli kereta. Student Afrika, Arab pun boleh beli kereta. You got money, you got car

    2. Perancangan bandar/jalan yg lemau – Housing estates increase 4 fold, jalan masih besar itu juga. Simpang makin banyak, tapi overhead bridge dan flyover tak increase. Simpang patut buat gradual exit, pegi buat 90 deg. Ini semua fluid dynamics theory sebenarnya. Cuba ko kaji…aku dah kaji dah cuma aku tak buat Masters atau PhD pasal tu. Hehehe

    3. Public transport tak strong. Kat KL, cuma LRT aje boleh harap. Itupun after PM sendiri dah try baru la improvements being made. Bas, teksi…camne diorang nak on time kalau jalan penuh dgn kereta? Special bus lane? Byk mana je boleh buat…sbb perancangan bandar dah penuh dgn sidewalk yg takde org guna. Eh, kalau kat Europe ramai la orang nak jalan kaki guna sidewalk sbb tak panas. Tmpat kita? Sapa nak berpeluh jalan kat sidewalk pegi keje. Naik kete aircond laa kan?

    Cadangan aku:
    Susahkan pembelian kereta, mudahkan pengangkutan awam, besarkan jalan, buang sidewalk yg tak guna, mahalkan lagi petrol dgn kurangkan subsidi, employ perancang bandar yg bebetul terer bukan yg main tangkap muat je. TQ

  3. Yes, I must say this is one of the important aspect. However, there are more than just that. I think the role that the government should take is huge in ensuring smooth traffic and quality public transport. Many other things should also be considered.

  4. Yes, the fly over reduces the traffic jam and smoothen the flow. However, at certain areas and certain time, certain occasion, traffic jam can suddenly occur.

    The one that I was referring is main street from Skudai to Balai Bomba Larkin.

  5. Warlord.
    Thanks for your precious inputs. You have highlighted many important points there and I must say I agree with all of it. I think there should be a follow up article to this blog post. Don’t you think so?

  6. True indeed. A master piece planning should be made. But I’m afraid it is too late for some major cities. Nevertheless, the local authority must come out with something to hinder traffic jam from continuing.

  7. Haha…I love that option. If you are single, yes you don’t have many things to think off. Wait till you have your own family, then you have to do this and that, go here go there…Don’t you think so my dear Adele… :)

  8. Kat KL sama je. Kalau ikut public transport yang berkaitan dgn train, yang tip-top sekarang nie Putra LRT sebab bila waktu puncak gerabak siap extra lagi. Paling teruk dan hodoh disandang oleh KTM Komuter. Kalau nasib malang sangkut dlm gerabak dengan takde aircond berjam-jam.

  9. Haha…maybe we need to move the the rural areas and avoid living in urban areas. There will be no traffic jam there, don’t you think so?

  10. I have lived all over the states and its funny, it really depends on where you are and how traffic jams are handled. Some have HOV lanes and that helps but some places that shouldn’t have jams do and the larger cities don’t . I think it just really matter on where you are.

  11. haha….actually “batu caves already considered as urban area” … but zaman berzaman …..apa perubahan pun still jam dekat sana..bukan org malaysia je yg datang..INDIA ori pun datang sini..huh..FRU pun datang kawal sini bro

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