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Jakarta Post

Flagging LRT Jakarta to court passengers with expansion, promotions

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

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 20, 2020   /  10:49 am
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Passengers ride the LRT Jakarta from Velodrome Station on the LRT’s first day of commercial operation on Dec. 1, 2019.(JP/Alya Nurbaiti)

As the railway with the shortest operating track in the capital city, LRT Jakarta has seen declining passengers since its commercial debut in December. Now, operators are aiming to increase ridership though track expansions and passenger promotions. The LRT’s stations, stringed along 5.8 kilometers of track from Rawamangun in East Jakarta to Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta, were quiet on Thursday afternoon. Even during rush hour, the trains were not full. Data from city-owned operator PT. LRT Jakarta showed that as of Dec. 17, the train service had recorded a total of 74,187 passengers, an average of 4,364 passengers per day since its opening. The company reported that ridership had steadily declined after the LRT’s commercial debut on Dec. 1. Passengers must pay a flat fare of Rp 5,000 (0.37 US cents). In the first week of December, 31,433 passengers rode the LRT....