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MRT construction nearly complete, developer says

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 12, 2018   /   03:16 pm
MRT construction nearly complete, developer says Maintenance work is carried out on an MRT train at a station in Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta, on April 26. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Construction of the MRT in Jakarta is 94.2 percent complete, with a rolling stock trial run slated for December, PT MRT Indonesia president director William P. Sabandar said in Jakarta on Monday

“We are on time and the commercial operation will be held in March 2019,” William said while accompanying Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution in his visit to the MRT project, kontan.co.id reported.

He said two trains, each of which consisted of six cars, had arrived from Japan and that other trains were expected to arrive in December, when a trial run would be held without passengers.

He said the two currently available trains would head from Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta to test the entire MRT system.

The MRT had already been powered with electricity, William said, adding that the railway signaling system, which was vital for the entire system, was currently being installed.

“We have started to install the signaling system. As you can see, the railway tracks have already been installed, while in August, we will place the trains on the tracks,” he said.

A total of 16 trains and 96 train cars will operate along the MRT network. (bbn)