"I confirm that it is not a dream but a reality. We will transform the urban lifestyle of Jakartans with MRT in 2016,” he said at the opening of a seminar on MRT development in Jakarta, kompas.com reported.
In the first phase, the city administration would build the MRT line from Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia circle in Central Jakarta. It would cost 144.322 billion yen or about Rp 15 trillion, mostly from loans while the rest or 24.305 billion yen would be taken from the national and regional budget.
The 15.5 km route would comprise of 10.5 km section on the ground and 5 km section underground. Six underground stations would be built near Al Azhar mosque and Ratu Plaza, in Bendungan Hilir, Setiabudi, Dukuh Atas and HI circle, in addition of seven elevated stations in Lebak Bulus, Fatmawati, Cipete Raya, H Nawi, Blok A, Blok M, and Sisingamangaraja.
It is expected to be able to transport 960,000 people daily with 5-minute headway.