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Surakarta’s ‘railbuses’ are too heavy for tracks: KAI

  • Kusumasari Ayuningtyas

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta, C. Java   /   Fri, April 13 2012   /  10:00 am

Surakarta’s ‘railbus’ system will not start operation in April as planned since the cars for the diesel trams are several tons too heavy for their tracks, according to a transportation official.

“Operating a railbus is not as easy as A-B-C. There are many things that need to be done,” Eko Budianto, the spokesperson of state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) for the Yogyakarta Operational Region, said.

Infrastructure has been blamed for delaying the operations of the railbus system after it was launched in July 2011 by then Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi.

With a weight of 12 tons, the railbuses are considered too heavy for existing railroad track that only has the capacity of accommodating 10-ton vehicles.

The track needs to be revitalized to facilitate the railbus operation, Eko said.

Works has already begun on 50 me...