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Railway line to connect airport with downtown Surabaya

  • Indra Harsaputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 22 2011   /  12:40 pm

A new railway line connecting Gubeng station in Surabaya and Juanda International Airport that will form part of East Java’s Rp 17.39 trillion Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project is expected to ease traffic in the swelling city.

Hadi Prasetyo, an official in charge of economic and development affairs at the East Java administration office, said the railway line would resemble the rail networks of Singapore and other countries.

The trains will run mostly on elevated rail lines carrying two tracks each.

“We will build the support pillars from Aloha Waru, Sidoarjo, to Juanda Airport,” Hadi said on Thursday.

He said the line to the airport would be built on the ground so as not to interfere with low-flying aircraft.

The MRT in East Java will link Surabaya, Lamongan, Gresik, Sidoarjo, Pasuruan and Mojokerto. The project was endorsed by then transportation...