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Jakarta Post

LRT Palembang to extend operating hours on New Year's Eve

LRT Palembang to extend operating hours on New Year's Eve Passengers are seen at Bumi Sriwijaya LRT Station in Palembang, South Sumatra, in this file photo. (JP/Yulia Savitri)
Yulia Savitri
Palembang   ●   Sat, December 28, 2019 2019-12-28 18:11 504 48be62e941b44f04afae568c3201771e 1 National LRT,lrt-palembang,light-rail-transit,Palembang,New-Year,New-Year-Celebration,ampera,KAI,South-Sumatra Free

To accommodate the public on New Year’s Eve, the operator of Palembang’s light rapid transit (LRT) in South Sumatra will extend its operating hours.

The LRT, which usually operates until 8:25 p.m., will extend its services until 11:23 p.m.

“We will provide longer service hours to the people who will depart from and go to the Ampera Bridge. We are only extending the service until before midnight,” PT KAI Palembang spokesperson Aida Suryanti told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

Aida said the city administration planned to organize a mass prayer as part of New Year’s Eve celebrations, adding that the event was expected to end at 10 p.m.

“It [the change of hours of operation] aims to accommodate people who will return home [from the prayer].”

On Dec. 31, PT KAI alongside the management of LRT Palembang will provide 20 additional departures, adding to the total 108 scheduled departures.

Aida said the last train would depart from DJKA Station at 9:41 p.m. before making stops at Jakabaring Station at 9:43 p.m., Ampera Station at 9:51 p.m. and the final destination of Bumi Sriwijaya Station at 10:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, on the opposite route, the last train will depart from Airport Station at 10:35 p.m. and will make a stop at Bumi Sriwijaya Station at 11:03 p.m. and Ampera Station at 11:11 p.m. before ending its service at Jakabaring Station at 11:21 p.m.

Palembang city administration spokesperson Amiruddin Sandy said the city would not organize an extravagant New Year’s Eve event, with only a prayer planned at Sultan Mahmud Badruddin Joyowikramo Grand Mosque. (mpr)