The Jakarta Post
In a bid to improve its services to passengers, the operator of Indonesia’s first MRT, PT MRT Jakarta, has provided more facilities for better accessibility and integration of intermodal transportation for commuters’ convenience.
The city-owned company has added park and ride areas at some MRT stations in South Jakarta for passengers who drive to the stations before commuting to Central Jakarta. One of the parking areas that is already operational is in Lebak Bulus on Jl. Ciputat Raya, which is approximately 400 meters away from the Lebak Bulus Grab MRT Station in South Jakarta.
The parking area will be able to accommodate up to 150 cars and 500 motorcycles. As of now, the Lebak Bulus park and ride facility is still temporary. The company is still in discussions with the Jakarta Transportation Agency for a permanent facility, said MRT Jakarta corporate secretary head Muhammad Kamaluddin.
PT MRT Jakarta and the city administration also plan to turn Lebak Bulus into a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) area. The concept focuses on the comforts of pedestrians by adding designated sidewalks, crossing bridges and canopies.
“MRT Jakarta encourages the declining use of private vehicles to improve the quality of people’s lives and air quality, as well as promote better intermodal transportation integration and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists,” he said in a press statement on Saturday.
The company has also joined hands with Bank Indonesia (BI) to introduce multitrip cards aimed at reducing lines at entry and exit gates.
In addition, MRT Jakarta will also collaborate with a number of state-owned and private banks to add ticket vending machines that will have access to electronic money cards issued by partnering banks. (bry)