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Jakarta Post

2019: The new era of public transportation in Jakarta

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

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 17, 2019   /  07:25 pm
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Passengers board an MRT train at Dukuh Atas station, Central Jakarta, heading to Lebak Bulus station, South Jakarta, on July 11.(JP/Valerie Halim)

This year has brought the next generation of public transportation to the capital with the opening of the Jakarta MRT and other innovations to reduce traffic in the city. The first line of the MRT, which links Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to Hotel Indonesia (HI) traffic circle in Central Jakarta, has become the most popular new mode of transportation. Commuters and tourists have flocked to it daily. The enthusiasm has been sustained since the line’s first day of operation on March 23. From March 24 to Nov. 26, The Jakarta MRT said it had served a total of 19.9 million passengers, with an average of 83,516 passengers daily and a record of 93,165 passengers in one day. Financially, the company seems to be doing well, in spite of heavy government subsidies. It booked Rp 60 billion (US$ 4.2 million) in profit from over Rp 1 trillion in revenue. The revenue came from ticke...