The Jakarta Post
The cost of the Greater Jakarta light rail transit (LRT) project, also known as LRT Jabodetabek, will swell to Rp 31 trillion (US$2.29 billion) from the initial cost of Rp 26.7 trillion.
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi explained that the increase was caused by changes in signaling technology.
“It is not swelling. The cost depends on the technology that we will use,” Budi said in Jakarta on Tuesday as reported by tempo.co
He said the government had two choices of signaling technology, namely fixed block or moving block technology. He said the choice to use moving block technology was the reason for the increase in costs.
He explained that using moving block signaling would help increase capacity on the LRT. “With fixed block technology, the LRT's capacity will only be 300,000 passengers per day, while with moving block technology, the LRT could transport 430,000 passengers per day,” he added.
There are two LRT lines passing through Jakarta, namely the Greater Jakarta (LRT Jabodetabek) and the Jakarta LRT.
The Greater Jakarta LRT will depart from Bogor, Bekasi, Cawang, Kuningan and terminate at Sudirman Station, while the Jakarta LRT will depart from Kelapa Gading, Rawamangun, Manggarai and also terminate at Sudirman Station. (bbn)