The Jakarta Post
The capital's satellite city of South Tangerang in Banten expects the extension of MRT Jakarta to pass the area by 2022.
“It would be more or less 20 kilometers from Lebak Bulus, cut through to Jl. Raya Ciputat, turn around in Pamulang and [end in] Rawabuntu,” South Tangerang Deputy Mayor Benyamin Davnie said on Wednesday.
He added that his side was expecting the extended MRT to commence operation in South Tangerang by 2020.
He went on to say that the MRT might reach Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang eventually.
In addition, Benyamin claimed that the city administration had received 20 feeder buses from the Transportation Ministry to support the MRT.
"The preparation has progressed. Therefore, [feeder buses] would serve up to the neighborhood unit [RT] or community unit [RW] level."
The MRT is important because up to 50 percent of South Tangerang residents work in Jakarta, Benyamin explained.
The South Tangerang administration is currently looking into sources of funding as it would not use any of the city’s budget for the project.
MRT Jakarta transit-oriented-development and planning department head Seni Pranata confirmed during a discussion in South Tangerang on Wednesday that the project was called Extension Link MRT Phase 1.
"This has been discussed with the Transportation Ministry, [both] city administrations, even the South Tangerang mayor," he said as quoted by kompas.com.
However, Seno declined to provide further details, saying the project was still under discussion, including the route and timeline to commence operation.
The construction of MRT Jakarta’s phase 2, which would span from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle to Kota in West Jakarta, is expected to be completed by 2024. (sau)