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Jakarta Post

Free ride: Public can try MRT on March 12

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 26, 2019   /   11:57 am
Free ride: Public can try MRT on March 12 Online registration for the full trial run of the MRT Jakarta is to open on March 5. The public trial run starts on March 12 and is to be free of charge. (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Commuters interested in trying out Jakarta's MRT, which connects Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta, are to be welcomed on board during a full trial run set for March 12.

The trial run is to be free of charge.

William Sabandar, president director of MRT Jakarta, told reporters on Monday that online registration for the full trial run would be opened on March 5.

The trials have been divided into two phases. The first phase from Feb. 26 to March 11 is for evacuation drills, which would only involve the police, military, fire and rescue teams, medical responders and a limited number of invitees. 

Meanwhile, the full trial run for the public is to commence on March 12 and last to the end of March, William said. Commercial operation of the MRT would start afterwards, he added.

"We will open [registration] on our website starting March 5. Now, [people can ride] based on invitation only. Later, everyone can register themselves," he said in Central Jakarta. 

Applicants must fill out a form with names, addresses, identity card numbers and the name of the MRT station that they would like to board from.

Those who fail to secure a spot on their preferred date can register for a different day.

MRT Jakarta corporate secretary Muhamad Kamaludin said there were no age restrictions for those who want to participate in the trial run.

"There is no age restriction for participants of the trial because it would be just like a normal operation," he said. (iwa)