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Jakarta Post

2019 marks new era in Indonesian transportation system

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, December 20, 2019   /  12:23 pm
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Curved overpass of Greater Jakarta LRT in Kuningan, South Jakarta.(Courtesy of LRT Jabodebek/-)

The year 2019 has been marked by important milestones in the modernization of the country’s railway transportation system with the inauguration of the first ever rail-based mass rapid transportation system and the development of the first high-speed train. On March 23, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated Jakarta’s MRT system, marking a new era in Indonesia’s railway transportation system. After almost a year since it began commercially operating, the Jakarta MRT has become an importation means of transportation for Jakarta residents. Aside from the MRT, this year Indonesia also saw major strides in large long-distance railway projects. The high-speed railway project connecting Jakarta and Bandung in West Java, for example, has made significant progress. PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) – the Indonesia-China consortium responsib...