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No date set for commercial operation of LRT Jakarta

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 3, 2019   /   03:56 pm
No date set for commercial operation of LRT Jakarta An LRT train is pictured performing a trial run from Kelapa Gading to Rawamangun Velodrome in Jakarta on Feb.25. After several delays, LRT Jakarta still hasn't set its commercial operation date. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

LRT Jakarta claimed on Tuesday that the rail-based transportation’s standard operational document has been approved by the Transportation Ministry and that all of its trains have been certified and are ready to operate.

However, the company has yet to set a date for its commercial operation.

“All of our operational and maintenance workers have also earned human resource certificates by the Transportation Ministry,” PT LRT Jakarta corporate communication officer Melisa Suciati said as quoted by tempo.co.

“The ministry has also issued a technical recommendation and declared that our trains are ready to function,” she said, adding that the company had also passed a safety assessment.

Within this week, LRT Jakarta will continue to conduct simulations to fulfill minimum service standards ordered by the Jakarta administration, she said.

PT LRT Jakarta, as the subsidiary of city-owned developer PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro), has notified the city administration about its readiness and is waiting for the final decision on a date on which the LRT could start operating commercially.

When development of the LRT was near completion last year, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan was optimistic that the service would operate by early 2019.

In February, the company scheduled the service to begin commercial operation at the end of March pending approval from the Transportation Ministry.

The first line of LRT Jakarta stretches 5.8 kilometers from Velodrome in Rawamangun, East Jakarta, to Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta. The trip takes around 13 minutes with the train traveling at 40 kilometers per hour.

Despite delays, Melisa said that the standard fare had been decided at Rp 5,000 (35 US cents) as stipulated in Gubernatorial Decree No. 34/2019 on MRT and LRT ticket prices. (vla)