Jakarta MRT

Feb 14th, 2007, in Business & Economy, IM Posts, by

The Jakarta MRT, Mass Rapid Transit train system, is planned to open in 2014.

September 2014 is the planned date for the completion of the first phase of the Jakarta MRT, partial subway rail system, a project which has been planned since 1984 but repeatedly delayed. Construction is intended to begin in 2008, or early 2009. Previously construction had been planned for 2007. gatra

The MRT will be built in two stages, the first network will connect the suburb of Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta with Dukuh Atas in Central Jakarta, extending for 14.5 km's, 4 km's of them underground, and will have twelve stations, and the second will continue from Dukuh Atas to Kota in North Jakarta. The estimated cost of construction is 9 trillion rupiah, or about $1 billion. wartaekonomi

The MRT is expected to operate between the hours of 6am and midnight, with trains travelling at an average speed of 35 km's per hour, arriving at stations at five minute intervals at peak time, extending to 15 minute intervals late at night. bappedajakarta

The team in charge of the planning of the MRT consists of four representatives from Japan and four from Indonesia. Japan is the main source of funds for the project after having already provided on 28th November 2006 a soft loan of 800 million dollars. The loan is to be repaid at an interest rate of 0.4% over forty years, with a further 10 year grace period. gatra

Materials for the construction of the subway will derive from local sources (30%), Japan (30%) and the remainder from elsewhere. The design and operating system for the MRT will be largely the same as to be found in Japan.

August 21st 2007. The Jakarta Post says that the central government and the city administration will start work in 2010 on the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system for Jakarta. Transportation Ministry secretary general Wendy Aritenang, the chairman of the MRT steering committee, said construction was expected to be completed by the end of 2014.


32 Comments on “Jakarta MRT”

  1. avatar Hilma Bastari says:

    Ehmmm nice to hear that Jakarta will have MRT, its avoid tarffic jam very bad specially during office hour, really look forward, and hoping the MRT will be nice and safety to use fro public.

  2. avatar Penjejak Bintang says:

    Hi, I’m from KL Malaysia, Jakarta is a second home to me. It is nice to hear that at last Jakarta will have its own MRT/LRT.

    The LRT System in KL is operated by a single transportation entity known as RapidKL. The transportation company is actually running an integrated Bus & LRT services for the city and the Klang Valley area. KL and its suburbs are referred to collectively as the Klang Valley. The LRT services in the Klang Valley are run on two main lines namely the Kelana Jaya Line (previously known as PUTRA LRT) and Ampang Line (known before as STAR LRT).

    Besides the two LRT Lines KL also have other Transit Network Train that integrated with each other. Other transit network are KL Monorail, ERL (Express Rail Link) and KTM Komuter. These transit network covers major places in KL and the surrounding urban areas. http://www.malaxi.com/Map_transit.htm

    These facilities has significantly reduced amount of motor vehicles in the road especially in hectic urban areas. And for me the systems really help me save money on fuel, parking, and vehicle maintenance.

    The trains also offers special accessibility features for public with mobility difficulties, including elevators, escalators, automatic doors, downtown pedway, and ect.
    Furthermore the trains operate on electricity, which can help reduce air pollution from vehicle emissions and green house gasses. A transit rider creates fewer greenhouse gas emissions than an motor vehicle user for the same trip.

    I believe the time has come for city as sophisticated and democratic as Jakarta moving forward with light rail to improve the quality of life and reduce the harm that cars inflict on the urban areas.

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