Jakarta’s first MRT line to start trial runs in 2018

It has been 40 years since the idea of Jakarta having its own MRT network was first raised. After repeated delays due to the Asian Financial Crisis and futile national-local dialogues, Jakarta’s first MRT line has made real progress, with trial runs expected to start at the end of 2018. With over 1,000 new vehicles hitting the roads each day, the MRT project holds great promise of relieving severe traffic congestion in Indonesia’s capital city.

The North-South line of the project had its ground-breaking ceremony in 2013, while an East-West line is being studied. The North-South line, which will be constructed in two phases, will connect Kampung Bandan (in North Jakarta) to Lebak Bulus (South Jakarta), a 23.3km-long track. The 1st phase of the project is funded through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

William Sabandar, President Director of MRT Jakarta will be at Asia Pacific Rail to share more about key project timelines and challenges encountered in establishing rail connectivity in Jakarta.

Now in its 19th edition, Asia Pacific Rail is the largest gathering of senior rail leaders in Asia. With a 4 track premium conference agenda covering key issues across metro, mainline, freight, rolling stock, power, signalling & communications, finance & funding and more, 3 technical seminar theatres in the exhibition hall, over 80 exhibition stands and an Underground/Overground University, our 2017 edition will be our biggest ever. Book your ticket here.

 

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