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LRT and KRL Commuter Line connecting Jakarta city and suburbs


Outline of Jakarta's new rail transport network

The Mass Rapid Transit MRT (English Mass Rapid Transit or Indonesian Moda Raya Terpadu) north-south line opened in Jakarta city this month, while the Light Rail Transit (English Light Rail Transit or Indonesian Lintas Rel Terpadu) light rail transit LRT (LRT Jabodebek (Jakarta-Bogor-Depok-Bekasi) and LRT Jakarta are two projects in progress, with the North Jakarta Kelapa Gading Mall front to the Velodrome in East Jakarta Rawamangun to be opened soon.

From Wikipedia (click to enlarge)

Apart from the LRT, the construction project of the Commuter Line (Kereta Rel Listrik (KRL) train) connecting Kota station in West Jakarta (the first time I learned that Kota is West Jakarta...) to Cikarang is now underway, and access from Jakarta to the industrial area in the east will be ensured by two lines: LRT to East Bekasi along Tol and KRL to Cikarang along the existing railway.

The construction of the second phase of the MRT, the section from Bundaran HI northward to Kota, will start in 2019 and is scheduled to be operational in July 2022. When all of these are opened, the use of cars in both daily life and when going to Jakarta's suburbs for work is expected to decrease, and the goal of eliminating chronic traffic congestion that the new transportation network development project has been aiming for since the beginning should be achieved.

Not only will the potential economic loss caused by the traffic congestion problem that Jakarta has had up until now be resolved, but businesses and lifestyles based on the new transportation network will be formed instead of a car-based society, and urban redevelopment around the station and residential development in the suburbs of Jakarta will become more active, and the economic effects will be immeasurable.

The construction of the LRT will move forward with the monorail wreckage at its back.

LRT Jabodebek

Contracted by PT ADHI KARYA (ADHI), a state-owned construction company (BUMN = Badan Usaha Milik Negara Konstruksi) to reduce the inflow of cars into Jakarta from the eastern suburbs of Jakarta, such as Bekasi, and the southern suburbs of Jakarta, such as Cibbourg, and to ease the congestion in Tol Jakarta-Cikampek and Tol Jagorawi, the project will be funded by PT ADHI KARYA (ADHI), a state-owned construction company (BUMN = Badan Usaha Milik Negara Konstruksi), and will be completed by the end of 2019, with the basic method of Lintasan Elevated Railway (Lintasan Elevated) with pylons so that there is no need for land acquisition and the existing transportation system is not obstructed.

LRT Jabodebek Phase 1

  • Cawang-Dukuh Atas : 11,05 km
  • Cawang-Cibubur : 14,89 km
  • Cawang-Bekasi Timur : 18,49 km

The LRT Jabodebek, which is under construction, has three projects under construction in Phase 1: the purple line from Cawang to Bekasi Timur in the east, the red line from Cawang to Cibubur in the south, and the westward line from Cawang from Rasuna Said northward to Dukuh Atas, and the progress is 85% between Cawang and Cibubur, 60% between Cawang and Bekasi Timur, and 40% between Cawang and Dukuh Atas as of April 2019.

Phase 2 will be between Dukuh Atas - Palmerah - Senayan, Cibubur - Bogor and Palmerah - Grogol, which will remove all remnants of the monorail project's poles that still remain on Rasuna Said Road in Kuningan and Asia Afrika Road in Senayan.

When this is completed, there will be no reason for me to go to Jakarta by car as I live in West Bekasi, and when I go to the industrial park in Bogor for work, I can take a taxi or GO JEK from the nearest station of LRT, so I'm thinking of replacing my car with a city car for city driving only.

West Bekasi Station, the closest station under construction, with an elevated Tol under construction in the foreground

Right angle curved portion from Gatot Subroto to Rasuna Said

Peeking south from Kuningan Sentral

LRT Jakarta

PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA), a state-owned construction company, has been contracted for the construction work since June 2016, and the vehicles are made by Hyundai Rotem of South Korea and are designed to travel safely and flexibly even in steep turns thanks to the Articulated Bogie bogie system, the first of its kind in Indonesia.

LRT Jakarta was originally scheduled to be used by athletes heading to the competition venue for the Asian Games 2018, which began on August 18, 2018, but the Jakarta governor, Anies Baswedan, decided to cancel it, citing unsafe operation.

  • Boulevard Utara(Kelapa Gading Mall)-Velodrome : 5,8 km(所要時間約15分)

As of 19 April, the construction work between North Jakarta Mal Kelapa Gading and Velodrome near Pemuda Street in East Jakarta Rawamangun is 100% complete, and all that remains is to wait for the connection work between Transjakarta (Jakarta Bus Rapid Transit System) bus stop and Sky Bridge at Velodrome station.

Eight sets of LRVs (Light Rail Transit Vehicles) (two of which are spare) owned by LRT Jakarta will run from 06:00 to 22:00 on weekdays and from 07:00 to 23:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, every five minutes during rush hour and every 15 minutes during normal hours.

The second phase will be 17.3 km from Koridor Kelapa Gading to Dukuh Atas in Central Jakarta, where LRT-Jabodebek and LRT-Jakarta will be connected at Dukuh Atas.

Duku Atas is expected to be the hub of Jakarta's new urban transport system, with connections to the MRT North-South Line, which opened this month, and to Railink (Kereta Bandara), the airport railway that opened at the end of 2017, at the BNI CITY station.

Across the street from Kelapa Gading Mall.

Crossed by Bundaran Kelapa Gading.

Peep towards MOI from Bundaran Kelapa Gading.

KRL Commuter Line (KRL Jabodebek)

From PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (click to enlarge)

The national railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) established its subsidiary PT KAI Commuter Jododetabek in September 2008 and changed its name to PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia in 2017 to operate trains (Kereta Rel Listrik) rather than trains (Kereta Api) and to operate non-passenger transport business from Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi (Jabodetabek) and surrounding areas.

From Kelapa Gading to the east on Jl. Raya Bekasi Road, past Purogadung and near Cakung, the road is narrow and dusty with large trailers.

The area from North Jakarta to Bekasi is the most underdeveloped area around Jakarta. Compared to the number of residents, the road width is narrower and the traffic jam caused by slow driving due to the damaged paved road is severe, and I think that the area with the most expectations is the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) around the station along with the construction of the Commuter Line.

Jl. Raya Bekasi Street near the turn to the entrance to Tol

The area near the Cakung bus stop is a congestion point.

The construction has only started before the entrance to the JIEP industrial park in Pulogadung.