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Jakarta Post

Airport train to run faster: Ministry

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 4, 2018   /   05:24 pm
Airport train to run faster: Ministry President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (center) and National Awakening Party (PKB) chairman Muhaimin Iskandar (right) inspects the airport train after inaugurating the new service connecting Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, with downtown Jakarta on Tuesday, Jan. 2. JP/Dhoni Setiawan (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has pledged to cut the travel time of the airport train connecting Sudirman Baru Station, South Jakarta, and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Banten to 38 minutes from the current 55 minutes.

Budi said the travel time would be shortened by intensifying train operations at the Batu Ceper Station in Tangerang, Banten, which often sees a surge of commuters boarding the train.

“We will intensify departures from the Batu Ceper Station. There will be a lot of commuters using the train, so traffic congestion can be reduced,” he said on Saturday.

The airport train, which was launched in December, is operated by PT Railink, the subsidiary of state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II and state-owned railway operator KAI.

A one-way ticket to and from Sudirman Baru Station – also known as BNI City Station – now costs Rp 70,000 (US$5.22), while single trips to and from Batu Ceper Station are Rp 35,000.

However, KAI plans to raise its fare for the Sudirman Baru-Soekarno Hatta route to Rp 100,000 per trip.

Passengers can purchase tickets at machines available at the aforementioned stations or through the Railink app. (ami/gda)