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LRT Jakarta to start commercial operations in December

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, November 22, 2019   /  07:15 pm
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Passengers ride on the LRT Jakarta during a trial run at the Velodrome Station in East Jakarta on Nov. 21. The Jakarta administration will officially commence commercial operations for the LRT Jakarta starting Dec. 1, when passengers will be required to pay Rp 5,000 per trip. (Antara/Fakhri Hermansyah)

After a five-month trial run, the first phase of the LRT Jakarta, which runs from Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta to Velodrome in East Jakarta, will commence commercial operations on Dec. 1, although analysts have cast doubts on its significance in alleviating traffic congestion.  City-owned PT LRT Jakarta president director Wijanarko said that starting December passengers would be required to pay Rp 5,000 (35 US cents) per trip, the fare that had been set by the city administration and city council in March. The operational hours will remain the same as in the trial runs, 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. “We have also equipped our stations with bicycle parking facilities. Hopefully, all this can provide comfort to the community and convenience for prospective passengers,” said Wijanarko at the Velodrome LRT Station on Thursday. The construction project began ...