Indonesian government integrated four stations in the capital city to improve its services and make the transportation connectivity runs smoothly - Photo by SOEs Ministry Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian government integrated four stations in the capital city to improve its services and make the transportation connectivity runs smoothly. Its marked by the signing of a collaboration between state run train operator, PT Kereta Api Indonesia and regional state firm PT MRT Jakarta.

Last year, both parties have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture company to manage the transportation in the Greater Jakarta. The new entity will be 51 percent owned by MRT Jakarta and 49 percent by KAI, the parent company of commuter line operator, PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia and airport train operator PT Railink.

According Jakarta’ governor after the inauguration of the integrated station, each station was arranged for the convenience of the passengers. Not only arrange public transportation, the JVC also to manage all railway stations and develop transit-oriented-development (TOD) at designated stations. Baswedan wants to increase another four to five integrated stations in the city.

Since last year, President of Indonesia Joko Widodo has announced to integrated Jakarta and its surrounding transportation management (Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi). The projects its estimating need investment up to Rp571 trillion (US$40.78 billion).

The amount to meet the development of Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT), settlements, clean water, wastewater management. He said the construction was not carried out in stages from 30-40 years. While the construction of the four basic needs will be speeded up in 10 years so that it can be completed in the next 2030.

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 is the national interest.

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

For the MRT, the Jakarta Regional Government proposes the need for network extension from the current 16 kilometres to 223 kilometers. LRT from 5.8 kilometers, takes up to 116 kilometers, and Trans Jakarta from 431 kilometers currently to 2,149 kilometers.

Baswedan said, the regional government also proposed that the need for trains in the city would no longer be at the same level. As for the construction of clean water infrastructure, 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. According to him, the source of the budget is not only sourced from the State Expenditure Budget, but also through other funding patterns such as partnerships with the private sector, investment and loans.

In addition, according to Widodo, the government plans to provide MRT in other cities, so it is not too late like Jakarta. Palembang, Sumatera Utara, Bandung, Surabaya, Makassar are cities that the President calls potential MRT projects.

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