Two MRT trains arrive in Tanjung Priok port
Winda A. Charmila
The Jakarta Post
Two MRT trains, which consist of 12 cars, have arrived in Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta on Wednesday, an official has said.
MRT Jakarta corporate secretary Tubagus Hikmatullah said the trains would be unloaded from the cargo ship on Thursday and then sent to the MRT depot in Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta, using a multi-axle trailer.
“The delivery will be conducted on April 8 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to prevent causing traffic congestion,” Tubagus said in a statement on Wednesday.
He added that the company had been doing several delivery trials since February to smooth the process. They are the first MRT trains to be sent to Jakarta.
The trains were made by Japan train company Nippon Sharyo. There will be 14 more trains to be sent by the end of June. MRT Jakarta targets to receive a total of 16 trains by October, followed by a trial run.
In the first phase, MRT Jakarta will prepare 16 trains, of which 14 will be operated while the other two are for backup. The MRT is targeted to start running in March next year with scheduled operations from 5 a.m. until 12 a.m. and a waiting time of five minutes between trains during peak hours.
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