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Airport railway line will likely be connected to Kota Station

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, accompanied by several ministers, inspects the airport train project at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Nov. 4. The project will connect the airport to Manggarai Station in South Jakarta and possibly to Kota Station in West Jakarta, as well.

In addition to the original plan to connect Soekarno-Hatta International to Manggarai Station in South Jakarta, the airport trains, which are now under construction, may also run from the airport to Kota Station in West Jakarta.

State railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) is currently studying the plan, and if it is feasible, both the Manggarai line and the Kota line would have service to and from the airport, scheduled to begin operation in the first half of next year, KAI president director Edi Sukmoro said on Monday.

“We want to share the passenger load of Manggarai Station with Jakarta Kota Station, as Manggarai Station is already heavily used,” Edi said during his visit to check the progress of the airport railway project.

“In addition, Jakarta Kota Station is visited by many commuter train routes. We hope people will use the train to go to the airport to reduce traffic congestion,” Edi added.

KAI is now finalizing the procurement of land to be used for the railway. It needs about 35 hectares of land in total for the project, 78 percent of which has been acquired and purchased. Approximately Rp 1.5 trillion (US$114 million) has been set aside for overall land procurement.

The railway operator is now developing a 12 kilometer railway from Batu Ceper Station in Tangerang to a newly built station at the airport, more than three kilometers of which has been finished.(JP)

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