Phase 1 Inauguration of MRT: MRT locks 231 km target with investment up to Rp571 trillion

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Investor Daily : MRT Fase 1 Diresmikan: target MRT 231 Km, Investasi Rp 571 Triliun

25 March 2019

By Thresa Sandra Desfika

Jakarta — President Joko Widodo is aiming to build within 10 years Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) track spanning for 231 kilometres (km) in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) areas. To achieve the target, the investment needed amounts to Rp571 trillion.

“We hope within 10 years [MRT track] spanning for 231 km can be completed,” said President Jokowi during the inauguration of Jakarta MRT phase I at Hotel Indonesia Roundabout in Jakarta, Sunday (24/03). The President, on that occasion, also officially announced Jakarta MRT phase II construction.

The President explained the Rp571 trillion budget for building MRT track for 231 km has included budget for spatial planning, arrangement of settlement areas, and issues related to drainage in the city. “We’re talking about Jabodetabek, [where] LRT and MRT are integrated,” he said.

The President asserted that the government will adopt proper public transportation implementation practice. “We will look at the examples from every great country,” he said.

The president hoped the construction of east – west MRT can also commence this year.

“This is only the first phase. Earlier we have announced the second phase in the north. I also order [Jakarta] governor to kick off the west route construction this year,” said Jokowi.

Further, Jokowi also sets Jabodebek Light Rail Transit (LRT) to begin operation at the end of this year. “We hope at the end of this year, Insha’Allah (God be willing), our LRT will be connected, especially the route from Depok, Bekasi, to Jakarta,” expressed the President.

Jokowi disclosed that the presence of Jakarta MRT, which is the first MRT in Indonesia, marks a new era in the country. “My beloved citizens of Indonesia, especially Jakarta, today we will begin a new era with the operation of MRT phase I,” said Jokowi.

President Jokowi encouraged the citizens attending the Jakarta MRT inauguration to immediately try out the mass transportation mode. Moreover, for the next week, passengers taking the MRT will not be charged.

“Those who has tried the MRT, raise your hand. Those who haven’t, try it tomorrow when it’s still free. Because later next month, you need to pay. This is a new culture, the first one in our country,” continued the President.

President Jokowi then told the public not to litter the MRT carriages and the stations. Moreover, he also reminded them to queue to get on the MRT.

“If you want to get on the MRT, please queue, don’t jostle. Queue and be discipline in the time. When the door is about to get closed, don’t force to get in or the doors may shut on you. We also have to keep it clean, not dirty. [We need to have] the culture of queueing and being discipline in time so the MRT can be used to go around Jakarta,” said Jokowi.

Meanwhile, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi explained for the construction of Jakarta MRT phase II, the work on HI Roundabout – Jakarta Kota will be handled first, followed by Jakarta Kota – Ancol.

Meanwhile, the east – west MRT is built from Cikarang to Balaraja with a track spanning for 78 kilometres (km). “Insha’Allah (God be willing), this year or early next year, we will start the east – west MRT from Cikarang to Balaraja. So by the time it has been built, we will have MRT with a total length of 100 km,” said the Minister.

Budi said the government will indeed continue to develop MRT in stages because basically the government is developing a concept of Jakarta as the largest city in Indonesia with integrated mass transportation.

“When mass transportation is complete, congestion can be overcome. We really want that by 2024 – 2026 Jakarta will no longer be congested and we will have left behind individual transportation and shifted to mass transportation,” explained Budi.

Budi hoped with the Jakarta MRT phase I, people can maintain the public transportation mode so it can always serve people optimally.

“MRT is a mass transportation that requires our discipline. There is no one minute difference. One minute [late], and you’ll be left behind. We also have to be clean because this place is clean, so the maintenance will be easy. Another thing is we need to be polite. When we’re in the MRT, don’t shout. Even when you’re answering a phone, don’t [shout], so everybody can enjoy the ride on the MRT,” explained the Minister.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan explained in the early stage, MRT will operate every day from 5.30 to 22.30 WIB (Western Indonesian Time), supported by 8 train sets. Later on, the operational hours will be longer from 05.00 to 24.00 WIB and passengers will be served by 16 train sets.

“Gradually, MRT passengers are predicted to increase following the addition of operational hours. In the early stage, there are around 65,000 passengers and the number is expected to rise to 130,000 passengers per day,” said Anies.

He added the new MRT tariff will be decided on Monday (25/3). However, Anies mentioned that the tariff averages around Rp1,000 per km.

“The tariff is not flat, so it can be lower than Rp10,000, or it can be higher than Rp10,000, depending on where you are from and where you want to go,” expressed Anies.

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