The Jakarta Post
Residents living in Cikarang and Bekasi, West Java, have enthusiastically welcomed the newly-launched commuter line route, which connects the industrial area of Cikarang, West Java, with several destinations across Jakarta.
The enthusiasm was reflected in the number of passengers, 23,000, that flocked to four new stations along the new route during the first day of operations.
State-run commuter line operator Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) said in a press statement received by The Jakarta Post on Monday that the Cikarang station accommodated 8,000 passengers during the first day of the operation of the new route on Sunday, followed by East Bekasi, Tambun, and Cibitung stations with 5,000 passengers each.
KCI expected the number would increase on Monday as workers would begin to use the new service.
To anticipate the increasing number of passengers, KCI has equipped the new stations with electronic gates and ticket vending machines. The company has also provided medical facilities in East Bekasi and Cikarang stations.
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi inaugurated the new Cikarang-Jakarta route at a ceremony held at East Bekasi Station on Saturday.
Budi said the opening of the new route would make it easier for Cikarang residents to travel to Jakarta. (rdi/ebf)