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Jakarta Post

Safer crossings needed as train traffic increases

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 27 2018   /  01:59 am

The rapid improvement in the commuter rail line service has led to an urgent need for Greater Jakarta to have more overpass and underpass railway crossings, given the high number of accidents, as well as rush-hour traffic congestion at railway crossings. However, the development of such infrastructure has been slow.

Of the total of 170 “official” railway crossings across Greater Jakarta, Sukabumi in West Java and Merak in Banten, state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia and the government have built only 70 overpass and underpass crossings.

One of them is Bintaro Permai railway crossing in South Jakarta, completed four long years after a deadly collision between a commuter train and a gasoline tanker on Dec. 9, 2013.

The accident left seven dead and more than 90 people injured. The railway level crossing was closed afterward but the overpass crossing w...