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LRT to move 24,000 passengers per hour

  • Raditya Margi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 10, 2015   /  04:23 pm
LRT to move 24,000 passengers per hour All aboard: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (middle) and PT Adhi Karya president director Kiswodarmawan (right) at the LRT groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday. (JP/Raditya Margi) (middle) and PT Adhi Karya president director Kiswodarmawan (right) at the LRT groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday. (JP/Raditya Margi)

All aboard: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (middle) and PT Adhi Karya president director Kiswodarmawan (right) at the LRT groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday. (JP/Raditya Margi)

The Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, for which construction started on Wednesday, will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to help Greater Jakarta overcome its traffic congestion issues.

'€œIndonesia will soon have a modern LRT transportation system, which is driverless, punctual and '€“ most importantly '€“ affordable,'€ said state-run construction firm PT Adhi Karya president director Kiswodarmawan during the LRT groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday.

The LRT will operate without the need for an engineer. It will use a communication-based train control (CBTC) signaling system, which allows trains to be remotely managed with a high level of automation.

Headway on the LRT during normal hours will be four minutes between trains with greater frequency during rush hours, reaching a two-minute headway at peak times.

The LRT will operate in two configurations; three-car and six-car sets. During rush hour, the six-car configuration will allow it to transport approximately 24,000 passengers per hour per direction (PPHD) with a two-minute headway, travelling at 60 to 80 kilometers per hour.

The LRT is set to be part of Greater Jakarta's integrated transportation network; it will move commuters between Jakarta and neighboring cities such as Depok, Bekasi and Bogor.

'€œPassengers from Depok, Bogor and Bekasi, once they reach Jakarta, will be able to link up with other modes of transportation, such as the mass rapid transit [MRT], Transjakarta buses and commuter trains,'€ said President Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo at the groundbreaking ceremony.

The routes for the LRT have been planned to intersect with other transportation systems. In Cawang, for example, an LRT station will be built close to the Transjakarta bus shelter and the commuter train station. (rad/kes)(++++)

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