Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Tuesday (02/01) officially inaugurated the new Soekarno-Hatta International Airport train in Tangerang, Banten, making Jakarta's biggest hub the second airport in the country with integrated train access.
The president attended the ceremony and rode on the train's inaugural service to the BNI City station in Central Jakarta with Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, Chief Security Minister Wiranto and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno.
"Finally we have completed this [Soekarno-Hatta's] airport train after three years of development. This is one of our solutions to fix traffic problems around the capital," Jokowi said.
"Next, we'll see this train integrated with the LRT [light rail transit], MRT [mass rapid transit] and TransJakarta to make people shift their preferences to start using public transport than private vehicles," Jokowi said, adding that complete train integration will be completed by 2019.
According to BeritaSatu TV, tickets for the train service start at Rp 70,000 ($4.90), though officials expect costs to rise above Rp 100,000 in the future.
The Jakarta administration has supported public transportation methods to bring passengers to and from Soekarno-Hatta Airport, with bus operator TransJakarta announcing earlier this month that it had opened a new route to BNI City station.
The train will cover a distance of 37.6 kilometers from Manggarai station in South Jakarta to Soekarno-Hatta Airport in around 55 minutes.
The train stops at Manggarai, BNI City, Duri, Batu Ceper and Soekarno-Hatta Airport stations..