Jakarta to use abandoned monorail pillars to support BRT
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The Jakarta administration has decided to continue its plan to use the concrete columns of the abandoned monorail project as part of an elevated bus rapid transit (BRT) project.
Muhammad Akbar, head of the Transjakarta BRT Management Authority (BLU), said that the city administration was serious about turning the stalled monorail project into a bus-based system.
“We have completed another study for the project. We believe it won’t be hard for the administration to go ahead with the project, but of course we need to secure approval,” Akbar said on the sidelines of a discussion at the Transportation Ministry in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.
Akbar said that to continue with the elevated BRT project, the city would need to allocate at least
Rp 1.187 trillion (US$125.82 million).
The construction of the elevated busway lanes has been estimated at Rp 962 billion, while bus procurement and supporting facilities, like ticketing and depots would cost Rp 200 billion and Rp 25 billion respectively.
“We predict that the elevated busway would also need Rp 80.1 billion each year to operate,” Akbar said.
Akbar said that the elevated BRT would be more costly than the one that already operated on the ground. “But it would be cheaper than continuing with the monorail,” he said.
The monorail project construction was halted in March 2008 by developer PT Jakarta Monorail due to legal and financial problems. The initial construction left around 150 columns along the roads in Senayan in Central Jakarta and Kuningan in South Jakarta.
The first monorail line, which was expected to cost $484 million, was planned to be a 14.3-kilometer route connecting Semanggi and Kuningan in South Jakarta, with the capacity to carry 120,000 passengers every day.
Preliminary studies on the elevated BRT planned two lanes running between Jl. Jend. Sudirman and Jl. Gatot Subroto, via Semanggi, Senayan, Palmerah, Pejompongan and Kuningan.
The circle line will have 16 stations, with 12 of them connected to the Transjakarta route, served by a total of 50 articulated buses.
The study also predicted that the elevated system could serve more than 7,300 people per hour during peak hours, or almost 46,000 passengers per day.
For the elevated BRT, the city would need to reinforce the existing columns, adding a concrete layer to enlarge the pillars from their current dimension of 120 by 160 centimeters to 160 by 200 centimeters.
If approved, the elevated BRT would accompany three planned Transjakarta routes, which had been proposed to use dedicated elevated roads.
The three routes are as follows: Corridor 13, which will run from Blok M in South Jakarta to the capital’s border, near Ciledug, South Tangerang; Corridor 14 connecting Depok, south of Jakarta, and Manggarai, Central Jakarta; and Corridor 15 linking Kalimalang, East Jakarta, and Blok M.
Earlier this month the Jakarta Development Planning Board (Bappeda) said it would start work on a 3-kilometer stretch of elevated road for Corridor 13 next year.
In another development, National Development Planning Minister, Armida S. Alisjahbana, has said that the central government was finalizing the forming of a Greater Jakarta Transportation Authority.
“We are hoping that it won’t take long to establish,” Armida said on Tuesday.