Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, has inaugurated Jakarta’s first MRT line linking Hotel Indonesia traffic island, in Central Jakarta, with Lebak Bulus in in South Jakarta, offering transport connection on north-south axis.
This first section has a length of 15.7 km and is served by 13 stations, of which six are underground and seven are elevated stations.
The line is operated by six-car trains supplied by with Nippon Sharyo and Sumitomo Corporation under a USD 110 million contract signed in 2015 for 16 metro trains.
“If we have and integrated transport system, it will be easier for people to go places and they will leave their cars or motorcycles at home,” the president said.
Construction on a second line linking downtown to Jakarta’s northern port was launched, with completion set for around 2024. More lines are envisioned in the future.
A separate elevated rail network is also being built to link satellite cities with Jakarta, nicknamed the Big Durian after the pungent fruit that bitterly divides fans and its detractors.