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KCJ to redirect train routes between Bekasi and Jakarta Kota

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, March 31, 2017 | 07:16 am
KCJ to redirect train routes between Bekasi and Jakarta Kota Jakarta commuter train operator KAI Commuter Jabodetabek (KCJ) staff members work in KCJ's Commuter Control Room at Juanda Station, Central Jakarta, on Thursday (March 30, 2017). The control room, which has been upgraded since late January, features displays of CCTV footage from all commuter train stations, real-time train movements and many more features. (JP/Rachmadea Aisyah)

To relieve crowding at Manggarai Station in South Jakarta as the main point of transit for commuter line train passengers, operator KAI Commuter Jabodetabek (KCJ) will redirect some of its train routes from Bekasi, West Java, starting April 1.

KCJ director MN Fadhil said on Thursday that some trains serving the route between Bekasi and Jakarta Kota Station, West Jakarta, would no longer pass through Manggarai but would be redirected via Senen Station, Central Jakarta, and Kampung Bandan Station in North Jakarta.

“Only a tiny portion of the overall number of trains between Bekasi and Jakarta will be rerouted,” Fadhil said during a press conference on Thursday, specifying that only eight of the 154 daily services between Bekasi and Jakarta Kota would take the alternate route.

(Read also: Bekasi KRL to change route via Pasar Senen to Jakarta Kota next month)

Fadhil also said that the same rerouting had been implemented a few years back.

The redirection plan, however, has been directly met by protest from frequent train users concerned the new route will prolong their travel time. One citizen even set up an online petition calling for the redirection plan to be scrapped.

The eight rerouted trains will be the 5:38 a.m., 8:21 a.m., 12:48 p.m. and 3:14 p.m. from Bekasi Station and the 7:05 a.m., 10:06 a.m., 1:57 p.m. and 4:46 p.m. from Jakarta Kota Station. (dea)

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