LRT Velodrome Station in Rawamangun, East Jakarta - Photo: InsiderStories.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The operator of the Indonesian light rapid transit system, PT LRT Jakarta announced that it will continue the construction of the second phase of the LRT from Kelapa Gading, East Jakarta to Jakarta International Stadium in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, starting in early 2020. The construction of the 44-kilometers route is targeted to start operating in 2024.

Currently, the company is conducting a comprehensive feasibility study including physical design, depot and routes, funding schemes, total costs, and others. The company targets to work on a 120-kilometer project to connect all routes in Jakarta to the surrounding areas.

“Construction of the second phase will be continued in early 2020 and will be completed two years later. Currently, we are conducting a thorough study of the routes to be built,” said Iwan Takwin, LRT Jakarta’ Project Director when inaugurating the integration of LRT with PT Transportasi Jakarta (Transjakarta) in Rawamangun, East Jakarta, Friday (07/26).

Starting today, the LRT transportation mode, Kelapa Gading – Velodrome, East Jakarta, the results of the first phase of construction, began to be integrated with the Transjakarta bus to Dukuh Atas, South Jakarta. Construction of the first phase has begun two years ago with a track length of 5.7 kilometers.

The projects cost Rp5 trillion (US$357.14 million) for LRT construction. Meanwhile, for the train itself around Rp400 billion. The construction is fully funded by the Jakarta Regional Revenue and Expenditure Budget with PT Jakarta Propertindo as the operator.

The public testing process has been carried out since 11 June. During public tests, passengers can go up and down at five different elevated stations, starting from Boulevard North Station, South Boulevard, Pulomas, Equestrian, and Rawamangun Velodrome. Only Pegangsaan Dua Station has not been operated during the public test. Public testing was carried out in order to ensure operational readiness before it was formalized by the Jakarta Provincial Government.

The depot of LRT construction is prepared to store 116 train sets which will be integrated for 40 kilometers. Eight sets of Hyundai Rotem LRT units that consist of 16 train wagons have been shipped from South Korea to Jakarta. The wagons are under rigorous testing before it is introduced to the public.

“Integration is carried out on the line connecting Velodrome Station to the East Jakarta Rawamangun shelter. This service irrigation includes the physical stations with stops, routes, and payments,” said LRT Jakarta Managing Director Allan Tandiono.

The payment system uses an Electronic Money Card which can be used at five LRT stations with a balance deduction fee of IDR 2,000. There are five cards that can be used, namely Bank Mandiri, BNI, BRI, BCA and Bank DKI. This sky bridge integration service operates from 05:30 to 23:00 local time.

President Joko Widodo aimed to integrated Jakarta and its surrounding transportation management (Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi). The connection plan needs funds for around Rp571 trillion.

The amount to meet the needs of the development of basic needs included LRT and Mass Rapid Transportation (MRT), settlements, clean water, wastewater management. The construction of the four basic needs will be speeded up in 10 years so that it can be completed in the next 2030.

In a cabinet meeting, Widodo stressed the acceleration of the development and management of integrated transportation in Jakarta was urgent because it had caused losses of around Rp100 trillion per year. For this reason, the President emphasized, there should be no more sectoral egos, ministry egos, regional egos because everything that exists in the national interest.

The president stressed the importance of integrating urban transportation systems with spatial planning. He wants intermodal connectivity and continuity, both MRT, LRT, Electric Rail, Transjakarta, then other modes of transportation. These steps will greatly reduce congestion in Jakarta and the surrounding area.

On the same occasion, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan detailed infrastructure development needs including the addition of transportation networks starting from MRT, LRT, Transjakarta and railroad tracks no longer in the same level. MRT has length 223 kilometers, LRT 116 kilometers, and Transjakarta from 431 kilometers.

As for the clean water program, it targets the coverage to be 100 percent, from the current one to only 60 percent. He continued, wastewater management is targeted to reach 81 percent, from now only 14 percent. While for settlements, 600 thousand new housing units are still needed.

Baswedan admitted that in a limited meeting with the president and related ministers beforehand, he had discussed the budget for the construction of the entire infrastructure. According to him, the source of the budget is not only sourced from the State Budget, but also through other funding patterns such as partnerships with the private sector, investment, and loans.

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Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com