The development of Jakarta's new railway station, which is expected to connect the mass rapid transit and Commuter Line networks to the new airport rail system, is dotted with problems, a supervisory body warned on Sunday (14/05). (Antara Photo/Mohammad Iqbal)

New Sudirman Station Badly Planned: BPTJ


MAY 15, 2017

Jakarta. The development of Jakarta's new railway station, which is expected to connect the mass rapid transit and Commuter Line networks to the new airport rail system, is dotted with problems, a supervisory body warned on Sunday (14/05).

The Greater Jakarta Transportation Body, or BPTJ, an agency under the Ministry of Transportation, which oversees transportation issues in the capital, said the design of the Soekarno-Hatta Airport rail link from the Sudirman Baru station in South Jakarta has not been integrated with the MRT, TransJakarta and Commuter Line plans.

"The MRT developer plans a pedestrian zone on Jalan Kendal, but in the same place Railink — the developer of the airport rail link — plans to have vehicles entering and leaving the station," BPTJ head Elly Adriani Sinaga said in a statement.

She added that the Sudirman Baru station does not have a pedestrian pass to the nearby Sudirman station, which now serves the Commuter Line trains.

"This will complicate everything for passengers, if they want to access the airport railway from the commuter line," said Elly.

BPTJ urges the developers and the government to adjust the plans and address the problems they pose, she said.

The deadline, though, is tight. Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said earlier that the government pushed Railink to speed up the construction so that  the airport rail link becomes operational by the end of July.