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Trans Java double track set to operate in November

  • Nurfika Osman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 9 2013   /  10:06 am

The construction of the much-anticipated Trans-Java double-track railroad connecting the capital city to Surabaya, East Java is expected to be completed in November this year to boost railway traffic between the two cities.

Transportation Ministry railway director Hanggoro Budi Wiryawan said that the Rp 9.8 trillion (US$1 billion) project is currently 75.07 percent complete with several sections expected to commence operation in July.

When the 727 kilometer double-track system is operational, it will increase existing railway traffic from 64 trains per day at present to 200 trains per day, reducing congestion and road damage in Pantura.

The new railroad will also increase logistic transportation by train from the current 150,000 TEUs [20-foot equivalent units] to 1 million TEUs a year. “We have set a target for several sections for Cirebon [West Java] and Gambrin...