Jakarta breaks ground on MRT

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jakartamrtJakarta Governor Joko Widodo on October 10 lead the ground-breaking ceremony for the city’s long-awaited mass rapid transit (MRT) system on Jalan Tanjung Karang in Dukuh Atas, Central Jakarta, ushering in a new era of public transport for a city plagued by gridlock.

Wearing a green project helmet and white shirt, Joko said that for 24 years Jakartans have dreamed of their city building a modern and advanced MRT system.

During his speech, Joko asked that MRT Jakarta, the company managing the project, continue to disseminate traffic information to the public as work continued. Congestion in certain areas of the city is expected to worsen as construction progresses on the MRT, which is now targeted to see completion by the end of 2017. The project’s managers are aiming to commence operations for the route by 2018.

The governor also stressed that an information campaign regarding the public benefit of using the MRT must be launched as the train system was built.

“Therefore, when the MRT is up and running, people will voluntarily ditch their private vehicles [in favor of the MRT],” he said.

The first phase of the MRT is estimated to cost $1.5 billion and span 15.7 kilometers — from Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta. The second phase will span from Hotel Indonesia to Kampung Bandan in North Jakarta that is scheduled to operate in 2020. The whole system will consist of 13 stations — with seven elevated and six underground.

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Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo on October 10 lead the ground-breaking ceremony for the city’s long-awaited mass rapid transit (MRT) system on Jalan Tanjung Karang in Dukuh Atas, Central Jakarta, ushering in a new era of public transport for a city plagued by gridlock. Wearing a green project helmet and white shirt, Joko said that for 24 years Jakartans have dreamed of their city building a modern and advanced MRT system. During his speech, Joko asked that MRT Jakarta, the company managing the project, continue to disseminate traffic information to the public as work continued. Congestion in certain areas of the...

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jakartamrtJakarta Governor Joko Widodo on October 10 lead the ground-breaking ceremony for the city’s long-awaited mass rapid transit (MRT) system on Jalan Tanjung Karang in Dukuh Atas, Central Jakarta, ushering in a new era of public transport for a city plagued by gridlock.

Wearing a green project helmet and white shirt, Joko said that for 24 years Jakartans have dreamed of their city building a modern and advanced MRT system.

During his speech, Joko asked that MRT Jakarta, the company managing the project, continue to disseminate traffic information to the public as work continued. Congestion in certain areas of the city is expected to worsen as construction progresses on the MRT, which is now targeted to see completion by the end of 2017. The project’s managers are aiming to commence operations for the route by 2018.

The governor also stressed that an information campaign regarding the public benefit of using the MRT must be launched as the train system was built.

“Therefore, when the MRT is up and running, people will voluntarily ditch their private vehicles [in favor of the MRT],” he said.

The first phase of the MRT is estimated to cost $1.5 billion and span 15.7 kilometers — from Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta. The second phase will span from Hotel Indonesia to Kampung Bandan in North Jakarta that is scheduled to operate in 2020. The whole system will consist of 13 stations — with seven elevated and six underground.

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