MRT Jakarta to be fully operational in 2024

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Investor Daily: MRT Jakarta beroperasi seluruhnya pada 2024

2 July 2018

By Irene Agustine

Jakarta — The Transportation Ministry targets the North – South and West – East (Ujung Menteng – Kembangan) corridors of Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) worth Rp80 trillion to be fully operational by 2024.

By then, the public transportation mode is predicted to be able to serve 1 million passengers per day. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi explained that his agency is confident that the operation target in 2024 can be achieved and he has urged the project owner, namely PT MRT Jakarta, to realize it. In the initial stage, the North – South corridor of MRT from Lebak Bulus – Bundaran HI (Hotel Indonesia Roundabout) will be ready for operation in March 2019.

“For the first phase, the progress has reached 94%. While the second phase (the North – South corridor from Bundaran HI – Kampung Bandan) is expected to start construction in December 2018 and finish after around two years. The two phases cost around Rp40 trillion,” expressed Budi on the sidelines of his visit to MRT depot in Lebak Bulus, Jakarta, Sunday (1/7).

He added that for the East – West corridor, his agency will first concentrate on Kembangan – Ujung Menteng segment that stretches over 27 kilometres (km) and is planned to begin construction in late 2020 or early 2021 at the latest. The segment is expected to complete no later than 2024 and estimated to spend a cost of about Rp40 trillion. After that, the government plans to expand the East – West corridor to Cikarang in West Java.

The Minister believes that after Indonesia gains experience from building the first phase of stage I Jakarta MRT from Lebak Bulus – Bundaran HI, the construction of similar MRT projects in the future will take less time. So, he set the target for full operation at 2024.

“It’s like people learn, the MRT will make rapid headway because we won’t be feeling our way anymore. Later, in the second phase, we will play a larger role, and there will also be larger local components. Now (for phase 1), the construction is 50 - 50 between Japan and Indonesia. Next, we hope to see more [of Indonesia’s contribution],” he explained.

At the same place, PT MRT Jakarta President Director William Sabandar stated that the 94% progress of phase I MRT is still on track with the company’s target, so it is expected to start running in March 2019. “Today, we’re working on the overhead contact system, which is almost complete. Yesterday, we attempted to energize the depot,” revealed William.

For facility construction, the progress has reached 81%, explained William. Two trainsets have arrived in Jakarta since April 2018. Meanwhile, the third to the sixteenth trainsets are scheduled to arrive in phases starting July until November 2018.

William stated that the trial run for the first set at the depot will begin in July 2018. Then, the trainset will be tested to run on the main line in August 2018, followed by facility certification by Railways Directorate General in December this year.

“The first trainset trial on the main line is in August. It is the first time the train will run on the main line. The nature is a trial run. The system will have already run, but still in technical process, followed by train certification in December 2018,” he explained.


5 Million Passengers

Meanwhile, Budi Karya estimated the number of MRT passengers in 2024 at 1 million passengers per day. Those passengers consist of 400,000 passengers per day in the North – South corridor and the remaining 600,000 passengers per day in the West – East corridor.

Budi further mentioned that the overall number of train passengers in Jakarta and its surrounding can reach 5 million passengers per day by 2024. The number is comprised of 1 million MRT passengers, 2.5 million Jabodetabek commuter line passengers, and around 1.5 million light rail transit (LRT) passengers.

“If now KRL has 1.1 million passengers [per day], later it can have 2.5 million passengers because by that time, the headway will be only two to three minutes. Jabodetabek LRT serves around 400,000 passengers per day. If there are four LRTs, they can serve more than 1 million passengers per day,” he added.

With the ever-developing railway facilities and infrastructure, supported by other transportation modes, the Transportation Ministry expects the congestion rate in Jakarta can be lowered.

“I believe we can achieve the 2024 target, that is to say railway mass transportation will have served more than 5 million passengers per day. It means at least 50% of people’s movements in Jakarta can be accommodated. Insya Allah (God be willing), by then, Jakarta will be freed from congestion,” said the Minister.


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