Railway operator welcomes first airport train
The Jakarta Post
State railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) on Monday evening welcomed the first train set to operate as an airport train connecting the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten to two stations in Jakarta.
"The first train has arrived and the rest will come in September," KAI president director Edi Sukmoro said in Jakarta on Tuesday.
A total of 10 trains will be operated along the airport railway, each able to transport up to 270 passengers per trip.Read also: Airport railway operation to be postponed
The rolling stocks were produced by Canadian multinational aerospace and transportation company Bombardier Inc. along with state-owned train manufacturer PT INKA. They cost about US$70 million.
The airport track will connect the airport with Manggarai Station in South Jakarta and Kota Station in West Jakarta. The whole track will run along a 36.4-kilometer line.
The train is expected to help the increasing number of air passengers cut their travel time as they currently have to pass through toll roads that are frequently affected by traffic congestion. (bbn)
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