The Jakarta Post
As construction of the MRT nears completion, PT MRT Jakarta, which will operate the country’s first-ever subway line, has launched its Kartu Jelajah, an electronic money card to be used at its stations.
Similar to cards issued by the Greater Jakarta Commuter Train operator PT Commuter Line Indonesia, a subsidiary of state-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), the Kartu Jelajah is divided into two categories: multi-trip and single-use cards.
“Apart from Kartu Jelajah, passengers can also use electronic money cards issued by banks. Currently, we are still waiting for approval from Bank Indonesia,” MRT Jakarta corporate secretary Muhamad Kamaludin said in a statement on Monday.
MRT Jakarta is also preparing a procedure to enable members of the public to try the service before its commercial operation.
The MRT is currently undergoing testing and commissioning runs and if everything goes smoothly and the regulator gives the green light, the full trial run will commence on March 12.
“On that date, members of the public will be able to try the service after registering themselves on the official MRT website,” Kamaludin said.
He added that more detailed information about the registration would be posted on its website jakartamrt.co.id.
“The trial run will operate until the full commercial operation, which has been scheduled for the fourth week of March,” he said, adding that MRT Jakarta reserved the right to determine the procedures and mechanisms of the trial run.
On Wednesday, the MRT began to operate six trains simultaneously to check the integration of the system. The service takes 30 minutes to transport passengers from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle stop in Central Jakarta to Lebak Bulus Station in South Jakarta.
The first section of the service spans 15.7 kilometers through 13 stops, both underground and elevated.
Meanwhile, construction of the second phase of the MRT has had to be postponed, pending approval from the State Secretariat.
The second phase, connecting Hotel Indonesia traffic circle to Kota Station in West Jakarta, had already been pushed back from the initial plan to start work in December 2018.
MRT Jakarta president director William Sabandar said the State Secretariat's delayed approval was related to a land-use issues concerning the Medan Merdeka area in Central Jakarta.
The management is also considering whether to offer women-only passenger cars on the MRT. President director William Sabandar said the company would gather public input on the possible provision of women-only MRT cars.
The Commuter Line provides two women-only passenger cars per train on its routes. City-owned TransJakarta also provides specific areas reserved for women passengers on each of its busway buses.