New Train Service to Jakarta Airport to Be Cheaper than Originally Announced

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Jakarta Soekarno Hatta airport

Indonesia Online news portal tribunnews.com announced on Friday that fares for the new train connection to Jakarta International Airport will be cheaper than originally planned.

Some good news for the future users of the airport express link to Jakarta International Airport. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has said that fares for the new railway linking Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Baten to inner Jakarta will be around Rp 70,000 (US$5.16) to Rp 80,000.

The fare is lower than the initial plan of Rp 100,000, following hefty critics about the price by Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Jokowi is scheduled to inaugurate the operation of the airport train this Monday. “President Jokowi will kick off the operation of the airport train at 10 a.m. on Dec. 11,” the Transportation Minister indicated to media.

Budi said between Dec. 11 and 31, passengers would be charge Rp 50,000 before the normal prices took effect, early next year. “Starting Jan. 1, fares would be about Rp 70,000 to 80,000,” he said as reported by tribunnews.com

Ten trains will operate along the railway, with 82 trips per day and a headway of 30 minutes and capacity of 33,728 passengers per day. It is estimated that it will take trains 55 minutes to travel from Manggarai Station in South Jakarta to the airport.The trains will stop at five stations – Manggarai Station, Sudirman Baru Station, Duri Station, Batu Ceper Station and Soekarno- Hatta Airport Station.

However, for the time being, the trains will only depart from Sudirman Baru Station. The Manggarai Station would be able to accommodate the Airport ERxpress following the compeltion of its expansion by the middle of 2018.

The train cars, produced by state-owned company PT Industri Kereta Api (INKA), are equipped with air conditioning, television, charging ports, information boards and toilets, while the stations are fitted with vending machines, tapping gates, escalators, ATMs, waiting lounges, commercial areas, meeting rooms, bathrooms, and prayer rooms.