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Jakarta Post

On the right track: MRT line to expand to South Tangerang

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 5, 2019   /  04:05 pm
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Several MRT trains are parked at a depot in Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta in March. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The central government has put forward a plan to expand the MRT Jakarta line to reach Rawa Buntu in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten, some 27 kilometers from Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta, where the MRT’s first station and depot are located. The expansion is important to accommodate the increasing number of people entering Jakarta from its satellite cities, including South Tangerang, according to Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) facilities director Edi Nursalam. The BPTJ recorded 88 millions of people moved around Greater Jakarta daily in 2018. That number is far higher compared to the number in 2014, when 2.4 million people commuted every day from Jakarta satellite cities Bekasi and Depok in West Java and South Tangerang, according data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS). Today, around 1.6 million people live in South Tangerang and many of them work in Jakarta ...