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MRT Jakarta eyes urban habit changes, extra revenue from TOD projects

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, November 22, 2019   /  04:03 pm
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Passengers board an MRT train at Dukuh Atas station, Central Jakarta on July 11, 2019.(JP/Valerie Halim)

While relying solely on revenue from ticket sales might not be a sustainable practice to bolster operation, city-owned MRT Jakarta is set to expand its non-farebox businesses including the lucrative transit-oriented development (TOD) projects. The concept would provide many benefits to the company and residents, as the TODs could gradually encourage people to change their commuting habits. TODs, which connect public transportation facilities with residential areas, can also open up new business opportunities. “We are currently waiting for the Jakarta administration to approve our urban design guidelines [PRK] for five TODs along our first line. We hope [the approval] will happen before 2020,”  MRT Jakarta finance and corporate management director Tuhiyat said recently. MRT Jakarta is the first – and currently the only – company in the capital that ha...