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Jakarta Post

MRT: Get TOD wagon rolling

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, March 15 2019   /  01:27 am

Thousands of passengers on the trial run of Indonesia’s first MRT system enjoyed free trips on Tuesday, even as the regular fares for the operation scheduled to start on March 24 have yet to be resolved. Last week Jakarta councilors debated how to keep the fares for the MRT and light rapid transit (LRT) affordable for people from all walks of life. For now, Jakarta will have to bear a hefty subsidy to keep the fares affordable, between Rp 8,500 (56 US cents) and Rp 12,500 for the MRT and Rp 5,000 to Rp 7,000 for the LRT.The issue of fairness has arisen because the councilors assume many passengers will be non-Jakarta ID card holders. Some 3 million people commute every week day from Jakarta’s satellite cities into the capital. Many people living in Jakarta for years also hold non-Jakarta ID cards.Councilors discussed splitting the hefty subsidy, estimated to amount to Rp 672.38 billi...