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MRT Jakarta back to normalcy, but with limited capacity

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 5, 2020   /   03:03 pm
MRT Jakarta back to normalcy, but with limited capacity Have a safe trip: A soldier stands guard at Bundaran HI MRT station in Central Jakarta recently. The government has deployed Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police personnel to monitor the implementation of health protocols at 1,800 public facilities in four provinces and 25 regencies and cities. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

MRT Jakarta resumes normal operation starting Friday as the city administration has announced the start of the transition period for the gradual easing of its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).

The operational hours for the service would return to normal, PT MRT Jakarta president director William Sabandar said. Indonesia’s first mass rapid transit service will operate between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays, with 10 minutes headway between the trains, and between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the weekend, with 20 minutes headway.

However, MRT Jakarta corporate secretary head Muhammad Kamaludin added that in order to comply with the health protocols to prevent further spread of COVID-19, the operator would still limit the number of passengers to 50 percent of normal capacity, meaning 62 to 67 passengers in one car, or 390 on the whole train.

Anies Baswedan announced on Thursday that the city administration allowed public transportation to resume operation but limited the number of passengers to 50 percent of normal capacity during the transition phase to maintain physical distance between passengers.

“MRT Jakarta will still apply the health protocol that has been implemented so far, such as body temperature checks, the requirement to wear a face mask and educating passengers on maintaining physical distance, regularly washing hands and avoiding starting or engaging in conversation on the train and station platforms,” Kamaluddin wrote in the statement issued on Thursday.

MRT Jakarta has only operated six of its stations since April 27 to support the PSBB in the capital city, in addition to cutting operational hours to between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m, which led to a 90 percent drop in ridership.

Anies also announced that the city-owned bus service TransJakarta would also resume normal operation after having operated only 13 of its 15 main corridors and having cut passenger capacity and operation hours during the previous PSBB period.

The Commuter Line service also increased its operating hours to 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Friday in line with Jakarta’s PSBB transitional period. It is a longer service than during the previous PSBB period in which the company, PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) ran a 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. service. KCI also increased the number of trips to 892 a day from the previous 784, the company's vice president of communications, Anne Purba, said in a statement.